word square


: a series of words of equal length arranged in a square pattern to read the same horizontally and vertically

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wynne built his work, as Raphel describes, on centuries of wordplay and word squares, in which words could be read across and down a grid of letters. Peter Sagal, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of word square was in 1867

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“Word square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word%20square. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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