jigsaw puzzle


: a puzzle consisting of small irregularly cut pieces that are to be fitted together to form a picture
also : something suggesting a jigsaw puzzle

Examples of jigsaw puzzle in a Sentence

We spent many nights working on a jigsaw puzzle of Mount Everest.
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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jigsaw puzzle was in 1908

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“Jigsaw puzzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jigsaw%20puzzle. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

jigsaw puzzle

: a puzzle consisting of small pieces of various shapes that are to be fitted together to form a picture
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