Definition of "j'adoube" [j'adoube]

  • An expression of an intention to touch a piece in order to adjust its placement rather than to make a move (exclamation)
  • Spoken by a player before adjusting a piece on the chessboard, to indicate that he or she is not making a move in the game. (interjection) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "j'adoube" in a sentence
  • "If a player touches a man with the sole object of adjusting his position, he must indicate his intention by saying "j'adoube""
  • "Your question reminds me of another hypothetical situation: suppose someone is going to adjust a piece, and instead of saying "j'adoube" or "I adjust" accidentally says "en passant.""
  • "One can make a correction in a script and save oneself the scorn by announcing "Got a show saver" first, much like saying "j'adoube" in chess.""