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backgammon

[bak-gam-uh n, bak-gam-] /ˈbækˌgæm ən, ˌbækˈgæm-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a victory at this game, especially one resulting in a tripled score.
verb (used with object)
3.
to defeat at backgammon, especially to win a triple score over.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; back2 + gammon1
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British Dictionary definitions for back-gammon

backgammon

/ˈbækˌɡæmən; bækˈɡæmən/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: back1 + gammon, variant of game1
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Word Origin and History for back-gammon

backgammon

n.

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

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