Definition of en prise in English:

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en prise

Pronunciation: /än ˈprēz/


[predicative] Chess
(Of a piece or pawn) in a position to be taken.
Example sentences
  • But I do it anyway, because when I look methodically at all the squares attacked beyond the fourth rank, sometimes I see something actually useful, like a back rank mate or a queen en prise.
  • For example, if Player A leaves a queen en prise, the opponent will quickly grab it and wreck A's game.
  • Instead of capturing a Rook, Black puts a Bishop en prise, with check, on an unguarded square.


Early 19th century: French.

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Syllabification: en prise

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