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[kraws-toun, kros-]
  1. situated or traveling in a direction extending across a town or city: a crosstown street; a crosstown bus.
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  1. in a direction extending across a town or city: The car sped crosstown.
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  1. Informal. a bus running primarily in a crosstown direction.
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Origin of crosstown

First recorded in 1885–90; cross- + town
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Examples from the Web for cross-town

Historical Examples of cross-town

  • At the corner of Twenty-third Street she took a cross-town car.

    Phases of an Inferior Planet

    Ellen Glasgow

  • At five in the morning the cross-town streets are almost deserted.

    Comrade Yetta

    Albert Edwards

  • He led the way in the run down the stairs, and aided his companions onto the cross-town car.

    By the Light of the Soul

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • The cab came opposite a tall apartment house at the junction of a cross-town car line.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • The west half of the shaft was for the exclusive use of the contractor for the Cross-Town Tunnels.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-town


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