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backgammon

Definition:

a board game for 2 players; pieces move according to throws of the dice

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

backgammons

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

baggammon, the second element from Middle English gamen, ancestor of "game"; the...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Backgammon

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... (44 of 7491 words, 11 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

backgammon [board game]

game played by moving counters on a board or table, the object of the game being a race to a goal, with the movement of the counters being controlled ... (29 of 407 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/48072​/backgammon

Wiktionary:

backgammon | backgammoned [past tense] | backgammoning [present participle] | backgammons [3rd-person singular present]

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. | [backgammon] A victory in the... (48 of 106 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/backgammon

New World Dictionary:

backgammon

a game played on a special board by two people: each has fifteen pieces, which are moved according to the throw of dice (23 of 28 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/backgammon

Collins Dictionary:

backgammon

a game for two people played on a board with pieces moved according to throws of the dice | the most complete form of win in this game (27 of 468 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/backgammon

Columbia Encyclopedia:

backgammon | Parcheesi

game of chance and skill played by two persons upon a specially marked board divided by a space, called the bar, into two tables (inner table and ... (27 of 100 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0805665​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

backgammon

a board game in which two players move their pieces around twenty-four ... | the most complete form of win in the game of backgammon. (24 of 80 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/backgammon

Random House Dictionary:

backgammon

a game for two persons played on a board having two tables or parts, each ... | a victory at this game, especially one resulting in a tripled score. | ... (28 of 68 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/backgammon

Merriam-Webster:

backgammon

a board game played with dice and counters in which players try to be the first to gather their pieces into one corner and then systematically remove ... (27 of 63 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/backgammon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

backgammon [uncountable]

a game for two people played on a board using two dice and counters (=round pieces) in two different colours (20 of 44 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/backgammon

Cambridge Dictionary:

backgammon

a game for two people in which you throw dice and move circular pieces around a special board with narrow triangular shaped patterns on it (25 of 30 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/backgammon

American Heritage Dictionary:

backgammon | acey-deucy

A board game for two persons, played with pieces whose moves are determined by throws of dice. (17 of 23 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/backgammon

Encarta Dictionary:

backgammon | backgammons [plural]

a board game for two players who move counters according to throws of a ... | the most complete form of victory in backgammon. It occurs when a player ... (28 of 106 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588253​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

backgammon

First use: 1640s

Origin: baggammon, the second element from Middle English gamen, ancestor of "game"; the first element because pieces are sometimes forced to go ... (22 of 29 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=backgammon

Merriam-Webster:

backgammon

First use: about 1645

Origin: perhaps from back + Middle English gamen, game game

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/backgammon

Wiktionary:

backgammon | backgammoned [past tense] | backgammoning [present participle] | backgammons [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Probably from back + Middle English, Old English gamen ("amusement")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/backgammon

Collins Dictionary:

backgammon

First use: 17th century

Origin: back1 + gammon, variant of game1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/backgammon

American Heritage Dictionary:

backgammon

Origin: "back" [entry 1] + "gammon" [entry 1].

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/backgammon

Oxford Dictionary:

backgammon

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: "back" + "gammon2"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/backgammon

back | the Backs | put | up against | back of | back on

Origin: Old English bæc, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch and Old ... | sense-specific: from the name of a town in north-west New South Wales (25 of 40 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/back

gammon [entry 2]

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: apparently from Old English gamen or gamenian (see "game1"), with survival of the -n ending

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gammon--2

New World Dictionary:

backgammon

Origin: "back" + "gammon"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/backgammon

back

Origin: Middle English bak from Old English baec; akin to Old Norse bak, Old High German bahho | Middle English bac from ... (20 of 41 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/back

gammon

Origin: Middle English gambon from Norman French from dialect French gambe: see "gamb" | Middle English gammen, variant of game, ... (18 of 35 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gammon

Encarta Dictionary:

backgammon | backgammons [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: back + gamen, early form of game [entry 1]; probably from the pieces sometimes being put "back" on the table

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588253​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Collins Dictionary:

backgammon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "backgammon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/backgammon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

backgammon [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "backgammon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/backgammon

Macmillan American Dictionary:

backgammon [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "backgammon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/backgammon

Cambridge Dictionary:

backgammon

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "backgammon"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "backgammon"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/backgammon

the Free Dictionary:

backgammon

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "backgammon"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "backgammon"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "backgammon" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/backgammon

Google Dictionary:

backgammon | backgammons [plural]

Audio: Pronunciation associated with "backgammon"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

backgammon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "backgammon"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=backga​01 word=backgammon

YourDictionary Audio:

backgammon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "backgammon" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/backgammon

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