The checkmated black king lying on its side.
When you have been finally and completely defeated in a chess game and there is no way for you to come back and win, this is an example of checkmate.
- the move that wins the game by checking the opponent's king so that it cannot be protected
- the condition of the king after such a move
- complete defeat, frustration, etc.
Origin of checkmateMiddle English chek mat from Old French eschec mat, ultimately from Persian š?h m?t, literally , the king is dead from š?h, king + m?t, he is dead
transitive verb-·mat·ed, -·mat·ing
- Chess to place in checkmate
- to defeat completely; frustrate; thwart
transitive verbcheck·mat·ed, check·mat·ing, check·mates
- To move a chess piece placing (an opponent's king) under threat of being taken on the next move with no way of escape or defense possible.
- To defeat completely.
- a. A move in chess that checkmates an opponent's king.b. The position or condition of a checkmated king.
- An utter defeat.
Origin of checkmateMiddle English chekmat from Old French eschec mat from Arabic šāh māt the king is dead šāh king ( from Persian shāh ; see shah. ) māt died ( from earlier māta to die mwt)
- (chess) Word called out by the victor when making the conclusive move.
(third-person singular simple present checkmates, present participle checkmating, simple past and past participle checkmated)
- (chess) To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
- That jerk checkmated me in four moves!
- (by extension) To place in a losing situation that has no escape.