from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chair back consisting of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats.
  • n. A chair with such a back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a chair with a ladder-back{2}.
  • n. a chair backrest consisting of 2 uprights with several connecting slats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chair-back which is made of horizontal slats passing from one side to the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the backrest of a chair that consists of two uprights with connecting slats
  • n. a chair with a ladder-back


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  • She slung her bag onto one of the antique ladder-back chairs and collapsed at the table.


  • In the middle of it all was a long picnic-style table surrounded by an eclectic arrangement of ladder-back chairs, barstools, and ottomans.

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  • Men and women lounged everywhere, on everything: faded sprigged sofas and peeling painted chaise longues, spindly ladder-back chairs, stained window-seats, even on the rough plank trestle tables themselves.

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  • As storyteller Tim Ereneta performs "Chart Toppers of 1349," the small stage is adorned only with a grinning skull on the seat of a ladder-back chair.

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  • As storyteller Tim Ereneta performs, the small stage is adorned with only a grinning skull on the seat of a ladder-back chair.

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  • An oversized T-shirt was draped over an oak ladder-back chair.

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  • There was the famous ladder-back rocking chair the president sat in due to back injuries sustained when a Japanese destroyer cut his PT boat in half.

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  • But the sight of three inflated monkeys standing on each others 'shoulders, the bottom one standing precariously on the rung of a ladder-back chair suspended about the floor so that they have no visible means of support, and the fact that you know they are very heavy indeed, makes you chuckle because they are apparently impossible objects, and not because they make you contemplate mortality or the terrors of the abyss.

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  • Now, Grace tucked her feet onto the rung of the ladder-back chair and began typing.

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  • “These chairs are wonderful,” Virginia said, examining the ladder-back hickory chairs with woven seats.

    Plain Language


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