Definitionsregional note: in AM, use checkered
1. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] If a person or organization has had a chequered career or history, they have had a varied past with both good and bad periods. ⇒ He had a chequered political career spanning nearly forty years. ⇒ Alan had had a very chequered past and had been to prison lots of times. 2. adjective [ADJ n]
Something that is chequered has a pattern with squares of two or more different colours. ⇒ ...red chequered tablecloths.
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