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Meaning of backgammon by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Probably from back + Middle English, Old English gamen ( “amusement” )


    • enPR: ʹbākgāmōn, IPA: /ˈbæk.ɡæm.ən/


    backgammon ( uncountable )

    1. 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 .
    2. ( backgammon ) A victory in the game when the loser has not borne off a stone, and still has one or more stones in the winner's inner home row or on the bar .

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    See also

    • tick-tack
    • tric-trac, trick-track


    backgammon ( third-person singular simple present backgammons present participle backgammoning, simple past and past participle backgammoned )

    1. To win at a backgammon game with the opponent having one or more pieces in the winner’s inner home row or on the bar .

Explanation of backgammon by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a board game for two players

    Definition of backgammon by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. backgammon n. [Origin unknown; perhaps fr. Dan. bakke tray + E. game; or very likely the first part is from E. back, adv., and the game is so called because the men are often set back.] A game of chance and skill, played by two persons on a “board” marked off into twenty-four spaces called “points”. Each player has fifteen pieces, or “men”, the movements of which from point to point are determined by throwing dice. Formerly called tables.

      backgammon board, a board for playing backgammon, often made in the form of two rectangular trays hinged together, each tray containing two “tables”.

    2. backgammon, v. t. In the game of backgammon, to beat by ending the game before the loser is clear of his first “table”. When played for betting purposes, the winner in such a case scores three times the wagered amount.