[ kraws-toun, kros- ]

  1. situated or traveling in a direction extending across a town or city: a crosstown street; a crosstown bus.

  1. in a direction extending across a town or city: The car sped crosstown.

  1. Informal. a bus running primarily in a crosstown direction.

Origin of crosstown

First recorded in 1885–90; cross- + town Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crosstown in a sentence

  • Instead, they hung to a strap in a cross-town car, changed to the ferry, and again to the Long Island Railroad.

    The Man Who Could Not Lose | Richard Harding Davis
  • As the bus, held up for a minute by the cross-town traffic, stopped, we could hear the pleasing burr of Harry Lauder.

    Fifth Avenue | Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • How I used to look down upon the bob-tailed cars at the cross-town streets.

    Fifth Avenue | Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • Knocked off everywhere this morning except Third Avenue and one or two cross-town lines.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete | William Dean Howells
  • Dar is a black mid-wife 'cross town dat does all sorts er odd jobs.

    The Cottage of Delight | Will N. Harben

British Dictionary definitions for cross-town


  1. US and Canadian going across or following a route across a town: a cross-town bus

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