any of the pieces or pawns used in the game of chess: each player has 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks (or castles), 2 knights, 2 bishops, and 8 pawns
Origin of chessmanaltered (infl. by man) ; from Middle English ches-meyne, literally , chess retinue ; from meyne, household ; from Old French mesnie ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form mansionata ; from Classical Latin mansio: see mansion
One of the pieces used in playing chess.
- (chess) A chess piece.