What does checkmate mean?

Definitions for checkmate
ˈtʃɛkˌmeɪtcheck·mate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word checkmate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. checkmatenoun

    complete victory

  2. checkmate, mateverb

    a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

  3. checkmate, mateverb

    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

    "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

Wiktionary

  1. checkmatenoun

    The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.

    Etymology: From chekmat, from eschec mat, from (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered

  2. checkmatenoun

    Any situation that has no obvious escape and involves some personal loss.

    Etymology: From chekmat, from eschec mat, from (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered

  3. checkmateverb

    To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.

    That jerk checkmated me in four moves!

    Etymology: From chekmat, from eschec mat, from (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered

  4. checkmateverb

    To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.

    Etymology: From chekmat, from eschec mat, from (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered

  5. checkmateinterjection

    Word called out by the victor when making the conclusive move.

    Etymology: From chekmat, from eschec mat, from (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered

Wikipedia

  1. Checkmate

    Checkmate (often shortened to mate) is a game position in chess and other chess-like games in which a player's king is in check (threatened with capture) and there is no way to avoid the threat. Checkmating the opponent wins the game. In chess, the king is never captured—the player loses as soon as their king is checkmated. In formal games, it is usually considered good etiquette to resign an inevitably lost game before being checkmated.If a player is not in check but has no legal move, then it is stalemate, and the game immediately ends in a draw. A checkmating move is recorded in algebraic notation using the hash symbol "#", for example: 34.Qg7#.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Checkmatenoun

    the position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, -- which ends the game

    Etymology: [F. chec et mat, fr. Per. shh mt checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. mta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See Chess.]

  2. Checkmatenoun

    a complete check; utter defeat or overthrow

    Etymology: [F. chec et mat, fr. Per. shh mt checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. mta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See Chess.]

  3. Checkmateverb

    to check (an adversary's king) in such a manner that escape in impossible; to defeat (an adversary) by putting his king in check from which there is no escape

    Etymology: [F. chec et mat, fr. Per. shh mt checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. mta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See Chess.]

  4. Checkmateverb

    to defeat completely; to terminate; to thwart

    Etymology: [F. chec et mat, fr. Per. shh mt checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. mta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See Chess.]

Freebase

  1. Checkmate

    Checkmate is a game position in chess in which a player's king is threatened with capture and there is no way to counter the threat. Or, simply put, the king is under direct attack and cannot avoid being captured. Delivering checkmate is the ultimate goal in chess: a player who is checkmated loses the game. In chess the king is never actually captured – the game ends as soon as the king is checkmated because checkmate leaves the defending player with no legal moves. In practice, most players resign an inevitably lost game before being checkmated, and it is considered bad etiquette to continue playing in a completely hopeless position. If a player's king is in check but the threat can be met, then it is not in checkmate. If a player is not in check but has no legal move, then it is stalemate, and the game immediately ends in a draw. A checkmating move is recorded in algebraic notation using the hash symbol – for example, 34.Qh8#.

Suggested Resources

  1. checkmate

    Song lyrics by checkmate -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by checkmate on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce checkmate?

How to say checkmate in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of checkmate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of checkmate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of checkmate in a Sentence

  1. Bill Browder:

    If Prime Minister Theresa May go after Putin's money via the biggest oligarchs, as the U.S. has just started to do, that will stop Vladimir Putin, that is a checkmate situation.

Images & Illustrations of checkmate

  1. checkmatecheckmatecheckmatecheckmatecheckmate

Popularity rank by frequency of use

checkmate#10000#50597#100000

Translations for checkmate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for checkmate »

Translation

Find a translation for the checkmate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these checkmate definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "checkmate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 19 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/checkmate>.

    Are we missing a good definition for checkmate? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    without the natural or usual covering
    • A. denudate
    • B. efface
    • C. cleave
    • D. summon

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for checkmate: