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Definitions for backgammon
ˈbækˌgæm ən, ˌbækˈgæm-backgam·mon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backgammonnoun

    a board game for two players; pieces move according to throws of the dice


  1. backgammonnoun

    A board game for two players in which each has 15 stones which move between 24 triangular points according to the roll of a pair of dice; the object is to move all of one's pieces around, and bear them off the board.

  2. backgammonnoun

    A victory in the game when the loser has not borne off a stone, and still has one or more stones in the winner's inner home row or on the bar.

  3. backgammonverb

    To win at a backgammon game with the opponent having one or more pieces in the winner's inner home row or on the bar.

  4. Etymology: Probably from back +, gamen

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Backgammonnoun

    A play or game at tables, with box and dice.

    Etymology: from bach gammon, Welch, a little battle.

    In what esteem are you with the vicar of the parish? can you play with him at backgammon? Jonathan Swift.


  1. Backgammon

    Backgammon is a two-player board game played with counters and dice on tables boards. It is the most widespread Western member of the large family of tables games, whose ancestors date back nearly 5,000 years to the regions of Mesopotamia and Persia. The earliest record of backgammon itself dates to 17th-century England, being descended from the 16th-century game of Irish.Backgammon is a two-player game of contrary movement in which each player has fifteen pieces, known traditionally as 'men' (short for 'tablemen') but increasingly known as 'checkers' in the US in recent decades. These pieces move along twenty-four 'points' according to the roll of two dice. The objective of the game is to move the fifteen pieces around the board and be first to bear off, i.e., remove them from the board. The achievement of this while the opponent is still a long way behind results in a triple win known as a backgammon, hence the name of the game. Backgammon involves a combination of strategy and luck (from rolling dice). While the dice may determine the outcome of a single game, the better player will accumulate the better record over a series of many games. With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their pieces and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. The optional use of a doubling cube allows players to raise the stakes during the game.


  1. backgammon

    Backgammon is a classic board game played by two players that involves strategy and luck. The game consists of moving pieces according to the roll of dice across the board, and the goal is to remove all of your own pieces from the board before your opponent does. Backgammon includes aspects of competition, strategy, and probability, with its origins dating back about 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest known board games.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backgammonnoun

    a game of chance and skill, played by two persons on a "board" marked off into twenty-four spaces called "points". Each player has fifteen pieces, or "men", the movements of which from point to point are determined by throwing dice. Formerly called tables

  2. Backgammonverb

    in the game of backgammon, to beat by ending the game before the loser is clear of his first "table"


  1. Backgammon

    Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and players win by removing all of their pieces from the board. There are many variants of backgammon, most of which share common traits. Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world. Although luck is involved and factors into the outcome, strategy plays a more important role in the long run. With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. Players may raise the stakes during the game. There is an established repertoire of common tactics and occurrences. Like chess, backgammon has been studied with great interest by computer scientists. Owing to this research, backgammon software has been developed capable of beating world-class human players.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Backgammon

    bak-gam′un, n. a game played by two persons on a board with dice and fifteen men or pieces each. [M.E. gamen, play; and named from the fact that the pieces are sometimes taken up and obliged to go back—that is, re-enter at the table. Always called Tables till the 17th century.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. backgammon

    See bignum (sense 3), moby (sense 4), and pseudoprime.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Backgammon

    From the Saxon Bac and gamen, “back-game,” because the pieces have at times to go back and be moved up afresh.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backgammon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backgammon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of backgammon in a Sentence

  1. Carol Channing:

    She never minced words, she said what was on her mind and her advice was always very sincere and heartfelt. She wanted everyone to succeed… [And] she loved backgammon!

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