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Topic: BOARD GAMES

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: eschec mat, from Arabic shah mat, from Persian, 'the king is left helpless'

checkmate

noun
     
check‧mate [uncountable and countable]
1DGB the position of the king (=most important piece) in chess at the end of the game, when it is being directly attacked and cannot escape
2 a situation in which someone has been completely defeated
checkmate verb [transitive]
The king is checkmated and the game is over.
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