Definition of gambit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡambət/


1(In chess) an opening in which a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn, for the sake of some compensating advantage.
Example sentences
  • By the time I was an ‘A’ player, gambits including the Smith-Morra were fully appreciated.
  • True fans of the gambit should consider this a challenge.
  • This book is geared toward the average player, but there is no discussion of gambit tries by white.
1.1A device, action, or opening remark, typically one entailing a degree of risk, that is calculated to gain an advantage: his resignation was a tactical gambit
More example sentences
  • The Australians believe it is a psychological gambit to use and gain advantage over the opposition.
  • The loser of this copycat election will lament all the strategic gambits that fell short in the end.
  • Assign your staff to build the sort of book on Russert's techniques, rhetorical gambits, and political obsessions that you'd want going into a debate with an opposing candidate.
stratagem, scheme, plan, tactic, maneuver, move, course/line of action, device;
machination, ruse, trick, ploy, wangle


Mid 17th century: originally gambett, from Italian gambetto, literally 'tripping up', from gamba 'leg'.

Words that rhyme with gambit


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Syllabification: gam·bit

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