Definition of kriegspiel in English:



mass noun
  • 1A war game in which blocks representing armies or other military units are moved about on maps.

    • ‘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.’
  • 2A 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.


Late 19th century: from German, from Krieg ‘war’ + Spiel ‘game’.