The definition of a gambit is an opening strategy meant to bring on a specific result, particularly a move in chess where a player risks one minor piece for a better position.(noun)
An example of a gambit is an opening move in chess of giving up a pawn to open up a king for further movement.
See gambit in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < OFr gambet < Sp gambito, a tripping < It gamba, a leg < ML gamba: see gamb
See gambit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Ultimately from Spanish gambito
Origin: , from Italian gambetto, act of tripping someone up in wrestling
Origin: , from gamba, leg
Origin: , from Old Italian; see gambol. Usage Note: Critics familiar with the nature of chess gambits have sometimes maintained that the word should not be used in an extended sense except to refer to maneuvers that involve a tactical sacrifice or loss for some advantage. But gambit is well established in the general sense of “maneuver” and in the related sense of “a remark intended to open a conversation,” which usually carries no implication of sacrifice.
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