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cross-country

[adjective kraws-kuhn-tree, kros-; noun kraws-kuhn-tree, -kuhn-, kros-]
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adjective
  1. directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road or path: a cross-country race.
  2. from one end of the country to the other: a cross-country flight.
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noun, plural cross-coun·tries.
  1. a cross-country sport or race.
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Origin of cross-country

First recorded in 1760–70
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  • Then followed what might be called an apprenticeship to cross-country flying.

    Learning to Fly

    Claude Grahame-White

  • They put Calhoun behind them, and Hart led them cross-country.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

  • Ever present in his mind are the three great 'cross-country queries.

  • The Hon. Alan Boyle makes the first cross-country trip, 1910.

  • Cross-country work he did not attempt; his machine at that time was ill-fitted for it.


British Dictionary definitions for cross-country

cross-country

adjective, adverb
  1. by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roadscross-country running
  2. across a countrya cross-country railway
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noun
  1. a long race held over open ground
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Word Origin and History for cross-country

adj.

also cross country, crosscountry; 1767, of roads, from cross (v.) + country, or short for across-country. Of flights, from 1909.

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