Definition of kriegspiel in English:



mass noun
  • 1A war game in which blocks representing armies or other military units are moved about on maps.

    ‘The modern general staff system developed three key innovations that helped establish military science as a viable discipline of learning in its own right: the staff ride, the kriegspiel or wargame and the case study.’
  • 2A form of chess in which each player has a separate board and can only infer the position of the opponent's forces from limited information given by an umpire.


Late 19th century from German, from Krieg ‘war’ + Spiel ‘game’.