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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flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
7%
71%
21%
14
flagIndia
6%
20%
65%
6%
29
flagAustria
7%
30%
61%
0%
13
flagSweden
10%
10%
60%
20%
10
flagFrance
10%
20%
60%
10%
10
flagPoland
8%
31%
55%
4%
5439
flagGermany
16%
27%
54%
0%
93
flagthe United Kingdom
10%
30%
53%
4%
164
flagthe United States
12%
26%
51%
8%
149
flagNorway
10%
30%
50%
10%
20
flagCanada
11%
33%
50%
5%
18
flagSpain
0%
50%
50%
0%
16
flagthe Netherlands
14%
32%
39%
14%
28
flagUU
7%
35%
35%
21%
14
flagRepublic of Ireland
4%
47%
33%
14%
21

Gender

men61%
women51%
the last move
6%
10%
game over
25%
33%
king is helpless
61%
51%
there is no meaning
6%
4%

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