Definition of draughts in English:

draughts

Line breaks: draughts
Pronunciation: /drɑːfts
 
/

noun

British
  • A board game for two players, played on a draughtboard. Each player starts with twelve disc-shaped pieces in three rows along one side of the board, and moves them diagonally with the aim of capturing all the opponent’s pieces.
    More example sentences
    • If they get bored, the shed boasts a CD player, dart board and draughts.
    • To be less abstract, let us suppose a game of draughts where the pieces are reduced to four kings, and where, of course, no oversight is to be expected.
    • Once they'd finished their game of draughts, Jude and Josie began a game of cards.

Origin

late Middle English: from draught; related to obsolete draught in the sense 'move' (in chess or any similar game); compare with French trait, from Latin tractus 'a dragging'.

More definitions of draughts

Definition of draughts in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day mage
Pronunciation: meɪdʒ
noun
a magician or learned person