Etymology
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draughts (n.)

British name for the tabletop game that in U.S. is checkers, c. 1400, from draught, probably because the pieces are "dragged" over the board in making moves. Draught (n.) also was used for "a move in chess." Earlier the game is recorded as jeu de dames (late 14c.).

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Definitions of draughts

draughts (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: checkers
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