Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “checkmate”


noun [U]     /ˈtʃek.meɪt/
a winning position in chess in which you have put the other player's king under a direct attack from which it cannot escapeChess a situation in which someone has been defeated or a plan cannot develop or continue → Compare stalemateWinning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sportDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters checkmate     verb [T] My Dad can always checkmate me within 20 moves.Chess
(Definition of checkmate noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of checkmate

Definitions of “checkmate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More