What does 'checkmate' literally mean?

the last move
game over
king is helpless
there is no meaning
The term is an al­ter­ation of the Persian phrase "Shāh Māt". It is a common mis­con­cep­tion that it means "the King is dead", as chess reached Europe via the Islamic world, and Arabic māta means "died".

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the last move
game over
king is helpless
there is no meaning
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flagUkraine
0%
17%
82%
0%
17
flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
5%
78%
15%
19
flagFrance
5%
16%
72%
5%
18
flagIndia
6%
21%
66%
6%
33
flagSweden
13%
6%
66%
13%
15
flagSpain
0%
38%
61%
0%
21
flagAustria
13%
26%
60%
0%
15
flagGreece
10%
30%
60%
0%
10
flagBelgium
0%
41%
58%
0%
12
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
27%
56%
3%
232
flagPoland
7%
35%
53%
4%
9819
flagthe United States
11%
27%
53%
6%
175
flagGermany
17%
29%
51%
0%
131
flagCanada
11%
33%
50%
5%
18
flagSwitzerland
11%
42%
46%
0%
26
flagNorway
12%
33%
45%
8%
24
flagRepublic of Ireland
2%
44%
44%
8%
34
flagUnknown
5%
47%
41%
5%
868
flagthe Netherlands
12%
30%
41%
15%
39

Gender

men49%
women49%
the last move
5%
10%
game over
38%
35%
king is helpless
49%
49%
there is no meaning
5%
5%

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