back gammon


[bak-gam-uhn, bak-gam-]
a game for two persons played on a board having two tables or parts, each marked with 12 points, and with both players having 15 pieces that are moved in accordance with throws of the dice.
a victory at this game, especially one resulting in a tripled score.
verb (used with object)
to defeat at backgammon, especially to win a triple score over.

1635–45; back2 + gammon1 Unabridged
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backgammon (ˈbækˌɡæmən, bækˈɡæmən)
1.  a game for two people played on a board with pieces moved according to throws of the dice
2.  the most complete form of win in this game
[C17: back1 + gammon, variant of game1]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, baggammon, the second element from M.E. gamen, ancestor of Mod.E. game; the first element because pieces are sometimes forced to go "back." Known 13c.-17c. as tables.
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