- (usually plural) British a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
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Examples from the Web for cross-bench
King Harald and Eric stepped upon the platform, where the cross-bench was.
On the next night Gyda sat on the cross-bench with her women.
Hallgerda sat upon the cross-bench on the dais, and behaved well.
Then Gunnar stands up, and Thrain too, and they go to the cross-bench.
Thorkel sate in the middle of the cross-bench, and his men away from him on all sides.