gambit

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian gambetto (act of tripping; gambit), from Italian gamba (leg), from Late Latin gamba.

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gambit (plural gambits)

  1. (chess) An opening in chess, in which a minor piece or a pawn is sacrificed to gain an advantage.
    Her clever gambit gave her an advantage.
  2. Any ploy or stratagem.
    Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit.
  3. A remark intended to open a conversation.

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gambit (third-person singular simple present gambits, present participle gambiting, simple past and past participle gambited)

  1. (chess, transitive) To sacrifice (a pawn or minor piece) to gain an advantage.

French[edit]

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gambit m (plural gambits)

  1. gambit

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French gambit.

Noun[edit]

gambit n (plural gambituri)

  1. gambit

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