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[chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun, Also called, British, draughtboard (for def 1).
a board marked off into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess is played.
a design resembling this:
The garden was laid out in a checkerboard.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in or mark with a checkerboard pattern:
a wall checkerboarded with black and white tiles.
Origin of checkerboard
1765-75; checker1 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then cut them into thin slices for serving and they will be found to resemble a checkerboard.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • checkerboard patterns of brown and green grew larger and larger.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • It is a town laid out on the checkerboard plan, and like all Spanish-American towns has a plaza or public square.

  • The checkerboard feller was standing up when we opened the door.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The lines on a football field make a checkerboard effect and have given to the field the name of "gridiron."

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • "The same," says Montague, waving the starboard extension of the checkerboard.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • As the Head went toward Sidney's ward, her busy mind was playing her nurses in their wards like pieces on a checkerboard.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There is nothing of the checkerboard about it; the orderliness of a chess game is lacking.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard


(US & Canadian) a square board divided into 64 squares of alternating colours, used for playing checkers or chess Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) draughtboard
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