Definition of draughts in English:

draughts

noun

British
  • Checkers.

    • ‘We also enjoyed dominoes, draughts, snakes and ladders, and Monopoly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Games that do actually use skills of analysis include draughts and whist.’
    • ‘St. Mary's Community games under 14 draughts will be held on Sunday, February 10th at 2 pm in Allenwood Boys School.’
    • ‘I taught them the game of draughts for which they show no aptitude.’
    • ‘Activities include chess, gymnastics, art, athletics, rugby, choir, basketball, badminton, soccer, tennis, draughts and many more.’
    • ‘The whole family took part in draughts, backgammon, and cards (which had been produced in Europe from medieval times).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On this map the players play a military game of about the same complexity of draughts (checkers).’
    • ‘They say that chess is a really intellectual game, but draughts isn't its poor relation.’
    • ‘A few people were inside of it playing cards, chess, draughts and other things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Young members of Spa GAA Club are proving to be a dab hand at the age-old game of draughts.’
    • ‘Tim's particular interest was the game of draughts.’
    • ‘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.’

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

/draf(t)s/