Definitions for Gambitˈgæm bɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gam•bitˈgæm bɪt(n.)

  1. an opening in chess in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  2. any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage; ploy.

  3. a remark made to open or redirect a conversation.

Origin of gambit:

1650–60; < F < Sp gambito or It gambetto (akin to OF gambet, jambet) <gamb(a) leg

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gambit, ploy(noun)

    an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

  2. ploy, gambit, stratagem(noun)

    a maneuver in a game or conversation

  3. gambit(noun)

    a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position

Wiktionary

  1. gambit(Noun)

    An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.

    Her clever opening gambit gave her an advantage.

  2. gambit(Noun)

    Any ploy or stratagem.

    Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit.

  3. gambit(Noun)

    A remark intended to open a conversation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gambit(noun)

    a mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to gain an attacking position

Freebase

  1. Gambit

    A gambit is a chess opening in which a player, most often White, sacrifices material, usually a pawn, with the hope of achieving a resulting advantageous position. Some well-known examples are the King's Gambit, Queen's Gambit, and Evans Gambit. A gambit used by Black may also be called a gambit, but is sometimes called a "countergambit". The word "gambit" was originally applied to chess openings in 1561 by Spanish priest Rúy López de Segura, from an Italian expression dare il gambetto. Lopez studied this maneuver, and so the Italian word gained the Spanish form gambito that led to French gambit, which has influenced the English spelling of the word. The broader sense of "opening move meant to gain advantage" was first recorded in English in 1855.


Translations for Gambit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gambit(noun)

a first move in a game, especially chess.

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