Checkmate Check"mate (ch[e^]k"m[=a]t), n. [F. ['e]chec et mat, fr. Per. sh[=a]h m[=a]t checkmate, lit., the king is dead, fr. Ar. m[=a]ta he died, is dead. The king, when made prisoner, or checkmated, is assumed to be dead, and the game is finished. See {Chess}.] 1. The position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, -- which ends the game. [1913 Webster]

2. A complete check; utter defeat or overthrow. [1913 Webster]

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