chessman

chessman

[ches-man, -muhn]
noun, plural chessmen [ches-men, -muhn] .
any piece used in the game of chess.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English; earlier chesse meyne, equivalent to chesse chess1 + meyne household (man, men by folk etymology) < Middle French mesniée < Latin mansiōn- (stem of mansiō); see mansion

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chessman (ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən)
 
n , pl -men
any of the eight pieces and eight pawns used by each player in a game of chess
 
[C17: back formation from chessmen, from Middle English chessemeyne chess company, from meynie, menye company, body of men, from Old French meyné]

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