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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gam"bit
A mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to gain an attacking position.

Etymology: F. gambit, cf. It. gambitto gambit, a tripping up. See Gambol (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position
  2. A maneuver in a game or conversation
  3. An opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

From French, from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto (“gambit, trip”), from gamba (“leg”), from Latin gamba (“calf”).

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

Notable Persons Named Gambit

Gambit is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Gambit

Gambit is a comics character.


The Gambit is a hip hop music and soul music rapping, singing, record producer, and composer. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, and Synthesizer. He was most prominent from 2004 to 2004. The was born on July 25th, 1982.


Fun Facts about the name Gambit

  • How Popular is the name Gambit? Gambit is the 49,570th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Gambit have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43 babies born with the first name Gambit in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gambit? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2010 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Gambit born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gambit was in 2012 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gambit: Your name in reverse order is Tibmag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iagtbm. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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