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checkers (n.)

U.S. name for the game known in Britain as draughts, 1712, from plural of checker (n.1). So called for the board on which the game is played.

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Definitions of checkers from WordNet

checkers (n.)
a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces;
Synonyms: draughts
From wordnet.princeton.edu