Definition of Chutes and Ladders in English:

Chutes and Ladders

(also Chutes and Ladder, Chute and Ladders)


  • 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.]


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


Chutes and Ladders

/ˌʃuːts (ə)n(d) ˈladəz/