from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attack (a chess opponent's king) in such a manner that no escape or defense is possible, thus ending the game.
- transitive v. To defeat completely.
- n. A move that constitutes an inescapable and indefensible attack on a chess opponent's king.
- n. The position or condition of a king so attacked.
- n. Utter defeat.
- interj. Used to declare the checkmate of an opponent's king in chess.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Word called out by the victor when making the conclusive move.
- n. The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.
- n. Any situation that has no obvious escape and involves some personal loss.
- v. To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
- v. To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, -- which ends the game.
- n. A complete check; utter defeat or overthrow.
- transitive v. To check (an adversary's king) in such a manner that escape in impossible; to defeat (an adversary) by putting his king in check from which there is no escape.
- transitive v. To defeat completely; to terminate; to thwart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chess, originally, an exclamatory sentence, literally, ′ the king is dead′ : said of the opponent's king when he is in check, and cannot be released from it; hence, the position of being unable to escape from a check.
- n. Hence Figuratively, defeat; overthrow.
- In chess, to put in check (an opponent's king), so that he cannot be released. See checkmate, n., 1.
- Figuratively, to defeat; thwart; frustrate; baffle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
- n. a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
- n. complete victory
Middle 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; see mwt in Semitic roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English chekmat, from Old French eschec mat, from Persian شاه مات (shah mat), the king is ambushed or the king is conquered (Wiktionary)