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backgammon (n.)

board game for two persons, 1640s, baggammon, the second element from Middle English gamen, ancestor of game (n.); the first element (see back (adv.)) apparently is because pieces sometimes are forced to go "back." Known 13c.-17c. as tables.

updated on March 14, 2017

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Definitions of backgammon from WordNet

backgammon (n.)
a board game for two players; pieces move according to throws of the dice;
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