cruciverbalist

[ kroo-suh-vur-buh-list ]
/ ˌkru səˈvɜr bə lɪst /

noun

a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.

Origin of cruciverbalist

1975–80; < Latin cruci‐, stem of crux cross + verbalist
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British Dictionary definitions for cruciverbalist

cruciverbalist

/ (ˌkruːsɪˈvɜːbəlɪst) /

noun

a crossword puzzle enthusiast

Word Origin for cruciverbalist

C20: from Latin crux cross + verbum word
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Word Origin and History for cruciverbalist

cruciverbalist


n.

"maker of crossword puzzles," by 1990, coined in English from Latin cruci-, comb. form of crux "cross" (see cross (n.)) + verbum "word" (see verb).

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