backgammon ack"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 {tables}. [1913 Webster]

{backgammon board}, a board for playing backgammon, often made in the form of two rectangular trays hinged together, each tray containing two ``tables''. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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