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[kraws-rohd, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌroʊd, ˈkrɒs-/
a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads.
a by-road.
Often, crossroads. (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the place where roads intersect.
  2. a point at which a vital decision must be made.
  3. a main center of activity.
Origin of crossroad
1710-20; cross- + road Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for crossroad
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  • That night we camped at a little village, or crossroad hamlet, I think called Buckeystown.

  • They came to a crossroad, turned into it, and stopped short before a gate.

    The Windy Hill Cornelia Meigs
  • Your husband left us at the very first crossroad toward your place and I was absorbed with my new-old neighbors' affairs.

    Dorothy at Skyrie Evelyn Raymond
  • At a crossroad, in fact, the white pack had vanished into void.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • I knew every signpost, every crossroad, every foot of the ground.

    Cutting It out Samuel G. Blythe
  • She had not gone far when she saw a boy coming out of a crossroad.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
  • Of course, I do not refer to German crossroad politicians and kindred blockheads.

  • There is a crossroad there, you remember, cutting through to the lake, and I turned in.

    The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
  • My reward was the discovery of a crossroad, a mere wagon track, into which I gladly turned, and plodded along steadily.

    My Lady of Doubt Randall Parrish
  • The pursuers too had reached the turning into the crossroad.

British Dictionary definitions for crossroad


noun (US & Canadian)
a road that crosses another road
Also called crossway. a road that crosses from one main road to another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crossroad

1719, from cross (adj.) + road.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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