See also: chès
From Old French eschés, plural of eschéc, from Vulgar Latin scaccus, from Arabic شَاه (šāh), from Persian شاه (šāh, “shah, king”), from Middle Persian 𐭬𐭫𐭪𐭠 (šāh), from Old Persian 𐏋 (XŠ /xšāyaθiya/).
ches (plural chesses)
- A set for playing chess; a chess board and chess pieces.
- The Medieval English game of chess, or a related game (which is slightly different from the modern standard)
- (rare) A chessboard; a board for playing chess.
- (rare) A set of chess pieces; a pieces for playing chess.