Main definitions of Chutes and Ladders in English

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Chutes and Ladders1

plural noun

trademark in US
  • treated as singular A board game in which players move counters towards a goal at the top of the board, gaining an advantage by moving up pictures of ladders or a disadvantage by moving down pictures of slides.

    ‘Chutes and Ladders can be beneficial for young children’

Main definitions of Chutes and Ladders in English

: Chutes and Ladders1Chutes and Ladders2

Chutes and Ladders2

(also Chutes and Ladder, Chute and Ladders)

plural noun

US
  • A (children's) board game in which players compete to be the first to move their playing piece along an illustrated path to a goal at the top of the board, moving downwards if a ‘chute’ is encountered, or upwards if a ‘ladder’ is encountered. [A trademark in the United States.]

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From the plural of chute + and + the plural of ladder.