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%
20%
80%
0%
15
flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
5%
77%
16%
18
flagFrance
5%
16%
72%
5%
18
flagSweden
7%
7%
71%
14%
14
flagIndia
6%
18%
68%
6%
32
flagSpain
0%
38%
61%
0%
21
flagAustria
13%
26%
60%
0%
15
flagGreece
10%
30%
60%
0%
10
flagthe United Kingdom
11%
27%
55%
4%
218
flagthe United States
11%
27%
53%
7%
169
flagPoland
7%
35%
52%
4%
8647
flagGermany
16%
29%
52%
0%
124
flagNorway
9%
31%
50%
9%
22
flagCanada
11%
33%
50%
5%
18
flagUnknown
5%
47%
41%
5%
761
flagthe Netherlands
11%
30%
41%
16%
36
flagRepublic of Ireland
3%
48%
37%
11%
27

Gender

men50%
women49%
the last move
5%
10%
game over
37%
35%
king is helpless
50%
49%
there is no meaning
5%
5%

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