Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and be included in a standard dictionary or lexicon.

A game of English-language Scrabble in progress

Scrabble logo, used by Mattel since 2013
ManufacturersMattel (outside U.S. and Canada)
Hasbro (within U.S. and Canada)
DesignersAlfred Mosher Butts
PublishersJames Brunot
Publication1938; 83 years ago (1938)
GenresWord game
Board game
Setup time4-8 minutes
Playing timeNASPA tournament game: ~50 minutes
Random chanceMedium (letters drawn)
Skills requiredVocabulary, spelling, anagramming, strategy, counting, bluffing, probability
WebsiteOfficial website at
Scrabble logo used by Hasbro since 2014

The name Scrabble is a trademark of Mattel in most of the world, except in the United States and Canada, where it is a trademark of Hasbro. The game is sold in 121 countries and is available in more than 30 languages; approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide, and roughly one-third of American and half of British homes have a Scrabble set.[1][2][3][4] There are approximately 4,000 Scrabble clubs around the world.[4]