Definition of draughts in US English:

draughts

noun

British
  • A game for two players, with twelve pieces each, played on a checkerboard; checkers.

    • ‘They played chess faster than we play draughts.’
    • ‘This game is superior in complexity to English draughts by virtue of the fact that it is played on a board ten squares by ten squares and that capturing moves have an extended scope.’
    • ‘They say that chess is a really intellectual game, but draughts isn't its poor relation.’
    • ‘Sometimes, he'd set up a game of draughts for them to play and Jude was able to take his turn by feeling around the board for the pawns and deciding his moves.’
    • ‘I taught them the game of draughts for which they show no aptitude.’
    • ‘A few people were inside of it playing cards, chess, draughts and other things.’
    • ‘This is the Community Games main fundraiser and you are asked to support… The teams are now picked for badminton, basketball, chess, indoor soccer, draughts and table tennis.’
    • ‘Tim's particular interest was the game of draughts.’
    • ‘On this map the players play a military game of about the same complexity of draughts (checkers).’
    • ‘To be less abstract, let us suppose a game of draughts where the pieces are reduced to four kings, and where, of course, no oversight is to be expected.’
    • ‘Young members of Spa GAA Club are proving to be a dab hand at the age-old game of draughts.’
    • ‘The whole family took part in draughts, backgammon, and cards (which had been produced in Europe from medieval times).’
    • ‘Of course there nothing stopping mum and dad enjoying the challenge of draughts, snakes and ladders or constructing a Duplo design.’
    • ‘The games to be featured at the event are football, volleyball, chess, netball, basketball, table tennis, lawn tennis, squash, pool, scrabble, darts, judo, karate, a marathon run and draughts.’
    • ‘The Pub Challenge uses traditional and popular pub games such as darts, dominoes, draughts and Connect Four, and its organisers Pubmaster say it aims to promote a community spirit in its hostelries.’
    • ‘We also enjoyed dominoes, draughts, snakes and ladders, and Monopoly.’
    • ‘The game of draughts has a long history and texts books going back to the middle of the 18th century are still valid for the game today.’
    • ‘Badminton, soccer, volleyball, basketball, draughts, table tennis, art and make and model are planned.’
    • ‘If they get bored, the shed boasts a CD player, dart board and draughts.’
    • ‘The team event section of the Games was held within various venues in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, with volleyball, GAA, soccer, basketball, pitch and putt, choir and draughts all on the agenda.’
    • ‘Activities include chess, gymnastics, art, athletics, rugby, choir, basketball, badminton, soccer, tennis, draughts and many more.’
    • ‘St. Mary's Community games under 14 draughts will be held on Sunday, February 10th at 2 pm in Allenwood Boys School.’
    • ‘Games that do actually use skills of analysis include draughts and whist.’
    • ‘All groups were involved in a wide range of sport and physical activities including soccer, hurling, draughts, dance and movement therapy and the European and World Senior Games.’
    • ‘The highlights will, as always, be the athletics finals but Carlow will also be hoping for gold in draughts, Olympic handball and indoor soccer events with six teams competing.’
    • ‘They played all sorts of games: cards, draughts, and even charades.’
    • ‘Once they'd finished their game of draughts, Jude and Josie began a game of cards.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from draught; related to obsolete draught in the sense ‘move’ (in chess or any similar game); compare with French trait, from Latin tractus ‘a dragging’.

Pronunciation

draughts

/dræf(t)s//draf(t)s/