Definition of ludo in English:



  • [mass noun] A simple game in which players move counters round a board according to throws of a dice.

    • ‘Evening entertainment included games of ludo, snakes and ladders and draughts.’
    • ‘We also taught them games which we brought out with us such as, ludo, chess, drafts and connect 4.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, look on the bright side: since you're captive, you may as well take the opportunity to play a game of Ludo, right to the bitter end.’
    • ‘I was filming a music video in Central Kingston in the middle of general elections, when gunmen shot up a group of people on the corner playing ludo (snakes and ladders) and dominoes.’
    • ‘On Friday, 9 December, there are darts, ludo and African dance to look forward to.’
    • ‘Don't forget classic games such as snakes and ladders, ludo, Chinese chequers, chess and draughts.’
    • ‘Children had access to scrabble, Chess, snakes and ladders, ludo and mastermind.’
    • ‘Should we ban ludo because the one who does not get all his counters home first might be stressed at losing?’
    • ‘What did you do the last time when your child came up to you begging you to play a game of Ludo?’


Late 19th century: from Latin, I play.