Definition of crossword in English:


Syllabification: cross·word
Pronunciation: /ˈkrôswərd
(also crossword puzzle)


A puzzle consisting of a grid of squares and blanks into which words crossing vertically and horizontally are written according to clues.
More example sentences
  • Work your mind with brain-teasers, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or quiz books.
  • They dig for juicy details as adroitly as they do the crossword and jigsaw puzzles that they plug away at.
  • The events, such as word games and crosswords will be organised by resource persons throughout the day.


said to have been invented by the journalist Arthur Wynne, whose puzzle (called a “word-cross”) appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World, on December 21, 1913.

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