Definition of Chinese puzzle in English:

Chinese puzzle

Syllabification: Chi·nese puz·zle


  • 1An intricate puzzle consisting of many interlocking pieces.
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    • The change in level across the site is intelligently exploited to create a series of living and sleeping spaces that lock together with the pleasing intricacy of a Chinese puzzle.
    • The various spaces interlock with the elegant complexity of a Chinese puzzle.
    • The main theatre is set back behind a generous foyer space, its permeability and luminance contrasting with surrounding blind boxes of the two cinemas, which lock together in section like Chinese puzzles.
  • 1.1A very complicated or perplexing situation.
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    • Trying to get inside her head was a big adventure, a complex Chinese puzzle that occupied my mind and time.

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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody