checkmate

English

/ˈt͡ʃɛkmeɪt/

interj
Definitions
  • (chess) Word called out by the victor when making a move that wins the game.
  • (by extension) Said when one has checkmated someone placed them in a losing situation with no escape.

Etymology

Inherited from Middle English chekmat derived from Old French eschec mat derived from Arabic شَاهُ مَاتَ derived from Persian شاه مات (the king is dead, the king is conquered, h mt, the king amazed, the king is ambushed, the king died, checkmate, the king is ambushed conquered, the king is amazed, the king dead, the king is helpless).

Origin

Persian

شاه مات

Gloss

the king is dead, the king is conquered, h mt, the king amazed, the king is ambushed, the king died, checkmate, the king is ambushed conquered, the king is amazed, the king dead, the king is helpless

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