What are the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Gambit’?

Meaning: A noun, the word gambit means a calculated move or a move to gain an advantage.

Origin: The word is borrowed from Spanish word "gambito", which is borrowed from Italian "gambetto" which means the "act of tripping someone". The word was first used in 1656.

Usage: The thrilling opening gambit by the jester’s son had everyone at their wit's end because no suitor could surpass what he had just done.

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