Glossary » breadcrumbs
on websites, a form of navigation where the current location within the website is indicated by a list of pages above this page in the hierarchy, up to the main page. For example, if you were browsing the products at a department store, you might see the following hierarchy when you’re on the Sneakers page:
Home > Products > Clothes > Shoes > Sneakers
Each of the categories above the current page is usually a link to the corresponding category page.
The term “breadcrumbs” is a reference to the Hansel and Gretel tale where they leave breadcrumbs as they wander the forest so they can find their way home. The metaphor is imperfect because the breadcrumbs do not represent the actual path the user took, but instead the optimal path from the home page to the current page in the hierarchy.