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- A board game for two players in which each has 15 pieces which move between 24 triangular spaces according to the roll of a pair of dice; the object is to move all your pieces around, and off the board.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Back"gam`mon (&?;), n. [Origin unknown;
perhaps fr. Dan. bakke tray + E. game; or very likely the
first part is from E. back, adv., and the game is so called because
the men are often set back.] A game of chance and skill, played
by two persons on a "board" marked off into twenty-four spaces called
"points". Each player has fifteen pieces, or "men", the movements of which
from point to point are determined by throwing dice. Formerly called
Backgammon board , a board for playing backgammon,
often made in the form of two rectangular trays hinged together, each tray
containing two "tables".
Back"gam`mon, v. t. In the game of
backgammon, to beat by ending the game before the loser is clear of his
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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