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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exposed to possible capture. Used of a chess piece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (of a chesspiece) undefended, able to be captured. (in the air)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In chess, in a position to be taken: as, a piece or pawn may be put or left en prise.

Etymologies

French : en, in + prise, grip, grasp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)

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