- a crossword puzzle.
Origin of crossword
First recorded in 1910–15
- a dictionary that lists common clues found in crossword puzzles with potential answer words. In books, the lists are usually sorted by the number of letters in the answer, while an online crossword dictionary, such as the Dictionary.com Crossword Solver, is able to analyze queries electronically, examining either the clue or the number and pattern of letters already filled in to arrive at suggested answers.
Also called crossword puzzle dictionary.
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Examples from the Web for crossword
She struggled to concentrate on crossword puzzles and read books, so she just watched television.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
Merl Reagle, otherwise known as “King of the Crossword,” knows exactly how you feel.The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100: The ‘King of Crossword’ on Its Strange History
December 21, 2013
It even threatens such veteran horizontally integrated favorites as Scrabble, solitaire, and the crossword puzzle.Sorry, Folks, Playing Dots Won’t Make You Smarter
June 20, 2013
Office workers sit in the park eating pasta salad with a disposable fork, with half an eye on the crossword.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
Solve the crossword from the comfort of your own computer—or print it out and take it anywhere.The Weekend Crossword: Getting the Ax
September 17, 2009
Automatic pencil poised, he was scanning the crossword puzzle intently.
Word Origin and History for crossword
1925, short for crossword puzzle (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper