Meaning of checkmate
Pronunciation: (chek'māt"), [key]
— n., v., interj. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
- Also called
- an act or instance of maneuvering the opponent's king into a check from which it cannot escape, thus bringing the game to a victorious conclusion.
- the position of the pieces when a king is checkmated.
- a complete check; defeat: His efforts to escape met with a checkmate.
- to maneuver (an opponent's king) into a check from which it cannot escape; mate.
- to check completely; defeat: Napoleon was checkmated at Waterloo.
- (used by a player to announce that he or she has put the opponent's king into inextricable check.)
- checkmate (Thesaurus)