crossword

noun

cross·​word ˈkrȯs-ˌwərd How to pronounce crossword (audio)
: 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 Los Angeles Times crossword Today’s crossword (McMeel) Daily Commuter crossword SUDOKU Play the USA TODAY Sudoku Game. USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 Birdman 33 Across By Get a new PEOPLE Puzzler crossword every Friday, or play any Puzzler for free anytime! Steph Spadaccini, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Need to print a crossword so two of you can test your wits? Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, 24 Apr. 2024 An article last Sunday about crosswords by Gen Z constructors misstated Adam Aaronson’s age. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2024 Liar, Liar 18 Across New People Puzzler crosswords go live every Friday and our archives are always available. Steph Spadaccini, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 The New York Times Best of Saturday Crosswords Got a grandparent who spends a weekend morning with a cup of coffee (or tea) and the crossword? Maya Polton, Parents, 11 Apr. 2024 The People's Princess 30 Across New People Puzzler crosswords go live every Friday and our archives are always available. Robyn Weintraub, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Ask our puzzle editors your burning crossword questions. Sam Corbin, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crossword was in 1914

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“Crossword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossword. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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