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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