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

  • n. A Japanese game similar to chess that is played on a board with 81 squares, each player having 20 pieces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Japanese chess; a chess variant created and mainly played in Japan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a form of chess played on a board of 81 squares; each player has 20 pieces


Japanese, from Chinese (Mandarin) jiàng qí : jiàng, commander in chief, chief chess piece + , board game, such as chess.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 将棋 (しょうぎ, shōgi). (Wiktionary)



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