lad·​der-back ˈla-dər-ˌbak How to pronounce ladder-back (audio)
of furniture
: having a back consisting of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats

Examples of ladder-back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farooq says sanding blocks are easier to use for a project that requires extensive sanding, or for getting into smaller spaces (such as between the gaps on a ladder-back chair). Hannah Holland, Washington Post, 25 July 2023 Her favorites included an 18th-century ladder-back chair, an Arne Jacobsen piece from 1955 and a Queen Anne chair from 1710. Penelope Green, New York Times, 6 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ladder-back was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Ladder-back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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