Definition of pachisi in US English:



  • 1A four-person Indian board game in which cowrie shells are thrown to determine the movements of pieces around the board.

    • ‘Pachisi was the favorite game of the rulers of India, but you don't have to be a major mogul to enjoy it.’
    • ‘Backgammon is new to me and definitely not my game of choice - would rather play pachisi.’
    1. 1.1 A modern version of the game of pachisi, using four marbles per player and dice.
      • ‘I too, love Parcheesi, but growing up as an only child, it was hard to find other players.’
      • ‘The rules of Parcheesi are simple and it is a good family game for two or four players.’


From Hindi paccīsī, literally ‘(throw) of 25’ (the highest of the game).