Meaning of “noughts and crosses” in the English Dictionary

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"noughts and crosses" in British English

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noughts and crossesnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌnɔːts ən ˈkrɒs.ɪz/ us /ˌnɑːts ən ˈkrɑː.sɪz/ UK US tic-tac-toe

a game played on a piece of paper in which two players write either O or X in a pattern of nine squares. It is won by the first player who places three Os or three Xs in a straight line.

(Definition of “noughts and crosses” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)