cross reference


a reference from one part of a book, index, or the like, to related material, as a word or illustration, in another part.

Origin of cross reference

First recorded in 1825–35

Definition for cross reference (2 of 2)

[ kraws-ref-er-uhns, -ref-ruhns, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˈrɛf ər əns, -ˈrɛf rəns, ˈkrɒs- /

verb (used with or without object), cross-ref·er·enced, cross-ref·er·enc·ing.

to provide with cross references: The new encyclopedia is completely cross-referenced.

Origin of cross-reference

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for cross reference

British Dictionary definitions for cross reference



a reference within a text to another part of the text


to cross-refer
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