[kraws-ref-er-uh ns, -ref-ruh ns, kros-]
verb (used with or without object), cross-ref·er·enced, cross-ref·er·enc·ing.
  1. to provide with cross references: The new encyclopedia is completely cross-referenced.
  2. cross-refer.

Origin of cross-reference

First recorded in 1900–05

cross reference

  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cross-reference


  1. a reference within a text to another part of the text
  1. to cross-refer
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Word Origin and History for cross-reference

also crossreference, cross reference, 1834, from cross (adj.) + reference (n.). As a verb by 1902.

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