Definition of kriegspiel in English:


Syllabification: krieg·spiel
Pronunciation: /ˈkrēgˌSHpēl, -ˌspēl


  • 1A war game in which blocks representing armies or other military units are moved about on maps.
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    • The modern general staff system developed three key innovations that helped establish military science as a viable discipline of learning in its own right: the staff ride, the kriegspiel or wargame and the case study.
  • 1.1A form of chess in which each player has a separate board and can only infer the position of the opponent’s forces from limited information given by an umpire who disallows illegal moves.


late 19th century: from German, from Krieg 'war' + Spiel 'game'.

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