cross·​word | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌwərd How to pronounce crossword (audio) \

Definition of crossword

: a puzzle in which words are filled into a pattern of numbered squares in answer to correspondingly numbered clues and in such a way that the words read across and down

Examples of crossword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eyvheni, 73, passes the idle hours in the basement curled up under a blanket and filling out a crossword puzzle. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 The game, which comes in free and paid versions, combines the jigsaw-like intersecting letter arrangements of a crossword puzzle with the positional logic of a math puzzle like kenken, creating a truly unique and addictive brain teaser. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 While going through some boxes, Blair came across a picture of his late wife, Diane, doing a New York Times crossword puzzle with Clinton. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 24 Apr. 2022 Reading the order is like watching someone do a cryptic crossword puzzle: trying out unlikely or double meanings and scrambled terms in a stubborn effort to fill in a series of blank, ideologically arranged squares. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2022 But both say that a perfect evening includes a crossword puzzle and listening to jazz music in the company of Mr. Rembaum’s beloved cat, Minnie. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The clue for 44-Across in Thursday’s crossword puzzle failed to specify that the solution involved the mainland. WSJ, 19 Mar. 2022 Another take on the crossword puzzle, Alpha Omega asks players to unscramble letters, instead of forming words from clues. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 11 Mar. 2022 In the Tuesday crossword puzzle, which celebrates International Women’s Day, Ms. Guizzo highlights five women who won Nobel Prizes and their achievements. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crossword

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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