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 So Abramowicz now has her work on crossword puzzles or sudokus as a cognitive warm-up. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "The Brain Within the Brain of a Rising Tennis Queen," 7 Feb. 2021 Many have turned to puzzles during the pandemic, so with National Puzzle Day set for Jan. 29, the Center invites people to exercise their brains with a crossword jigsaw or Sudoku puzzle. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "North Olmsted Senior Center finds ways to keep members engaged: A Place in the Sun," 19 Jan. 2021 This may have been the year that no crossword went unsolved. Liz Maynes-aminzade, The New Yorker, "Our Favorite Crossword Clues of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 In line, Redman slept in a chair, did crossword puzzles, and made a pact with the young man ahead of her to save each other’s place when one of them went to the bathroom. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, "D.C.’s Vaccine Jackpots Are Getting Out of Control," 13 Jan. 2021 And completing crossword puzzles may not keep your brain young either. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Memory fades as we age. But it doesn't have to," 5 Jan. 2021 Wednesday’s crossword can be found at WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 29 Oct. 2020 Much of the medical staff idled, doing crossword puzzles and explaining they were forced to document everything by hand. Arkansas Online, "As hospitals cope with a covid-19 surge, cyber threats loom," 5 Dec. 2020 For help puzzling out some of the clues in this crossword, read through the articles in our November issue. Sam Ezersky, Smithsonian Magazine, "Play the Smithsonian Magazine Crossword: November 2020 Issue," 22 Oct. 2020

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crossword was in 1914

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“Crossword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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