Definition of cruciverbalist in English:

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Pronunciation: /kruːsɪˈvəːb(ə)lɪst/

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A person who enjoys or is skilled at solving crosswords.
Example sentences
  • So, cat was ‘aaa’ (not to be confused with that bird beloved of Scrabble players and cruciverbalists, the a'a).
  • For those cruciverbalists craving more, the American Crossword Federation will be host of a week-long Alaskan cruise in August with daily instructional seminars on puzzle-solving strategy.
  • He is a well-respected cruciverbalist, whose puzzles have appeared in just about every major U.S. newspaper.


1970s: from Latin crux, cruci- 'cross' and verbalist.

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