crossword (adj.)

as the name of a game in which clues suggests words that are written in overlapping horizontal and vertical boxes in a grid, January 1914, from cross (adj.) + word (n.). The first one ran in the "New York World" newspaper Dec. 21, 1913, but was called word-cross. As a noun, 1925, short for crossword puzzle.

updated on May 23, 2018

Definitions of crossword from WordNet

crossword (n.)
a puzzle in which words corresponding to numbered clues are to be found and written in to squares in the puzzle;
Synonyms: crossword puzzle
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