Share this entry

kakuro Line breaks: ka¦kuro
Pronunciation: /ˈkakərəʊ/

Definition of kakuro in English:


[mass noun]
A type of number puzzle in which players have to insert numbers into a crossword-like grid, with numbered clues and some blank squares.
Example sentences
  • Kakuro is the latest craze to come from the land of the rising sun.
  • Similar to crosswords, Kakuro has clues both across and down.


Early 21st century: blend of Japanese kasan 'addition' and kurosu, representing a Japanese pronunciation of cross.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
a stupid person