Definition of crossword in English:


(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.

    • ‘They dig for juicy details as adroitly as they do the crossword and jigsaw puzzles that they plug away at.’
    • ‘Watching this is like doing a crossword puzzle written by a dyslexic lunatic.’
    • ‘I chose to ignore him and concentrate on a crossword clue, which I really couldn't get.’
    • ‘He left his cryptic crossword on the desk, with two clues still unanswered.’
    • ‘Similarly, I could get into crosswords but not jigsaws.’
    • ‘The events, such as word games and crosswords will be organised by resource persons throughout the day.’
    • ‘It's not even a good pun, which, like a good crossword clue, should work on both the superficial and the cryptic levels.’
    • ‘In 1924, Simon and Schuster took a chance on publishing a book devoted to crosswords, and the crossword craze started.’
    • ‘The games include crosswords, hangman and cryptogram.’
    • ‘He ran the words through his mind, almost like a crossword clue.’
    • ‘It was the only word I needed to complete the crossword.’
    • ‘The Evening Advertiser has great things such as competitions, word searches and crosswords.’
    • ‘Work your mind with brain-teasers, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or quiz books.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Laurie is amazing for her age, she does crosswords, puzzles, teasers and she plays Scrabble.’’
    • ‘There's something anodyne about even his best work; it has the cerebral coldness of a crossword or mathematical puzzle.’
    • ‘The other magazine in the seat pocket on the airplane had a crossword puzzle with about 100 clues.’
    • ‘I couldn't answer one of the clues in my crossword.’
    • ‘He would even interrupt classes to ask teachers to solve the crossword clues that he could not solve.’
    • ‘Jack scribed the word beings into the appropriate boxes on the crossword.’
    • ‘Learning is re-enforced and encouraged through the use of crosswords, word searches, memory skills, word wheels, numeracy and other activities.’


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.