cruciverbalist

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

noun

a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.

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Origin of cruciverbalist

First recorded in 1975–80; from Latin cruci- + verbalist;see origin at cross

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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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