[ kraws-oh-ver, kros- ]


  1. a bridge or other structure for crossing over a river, highway, etc.
  2. Genetics.
    1. a genotype resulting from crossing over.
  3. Popular Music.
    1. the act of crossing over in style, usually with the intention of broadening the commercial appeal to a wider audience.
    2. music that crosses over in style, occasionally sharing attributes with several musical styles and therefore often appealing to a broader audience.
  4. Also called crossover voter. U.S. Politics. a member of one political party who votes for the candidate of another party in a primary.
  5. Railroads. a track structure composed of two or more turnouts, permitting movement of cars from either of two parallel and adjacent tracks to the other.
  6. Dance.
    1. a step in which dancers exchange places.
    2. a step involving partners in which the woman moves from one side of her partner to the other, crossing in front of him.
  7. Bowling. a ball that strikes the side of the head pin opposite to the bowling hand of the bowler.
  8. (in plumbing) a U -shaped pipe for bypassing another pipe.


/ ˈkrɒsˌəʊvə /


  1. a place at which a crossing is made
  2. genetics
    1. another term for crossing over
    2. a chromosomal structure or character resulting from crossing over
  3. railways a point of transfer between two main lines
  4. a recording, book, or other product that becomes popular in a genre other than its own
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. (of music, fashion, art, etc) combining two distinct styles
  2. (of a performer, writer, recording, book, etc) having become popular in more than one genre
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Word History and Origins

Origin of crossover1

First recorded in 1785–95; noun use of verb phrase cross over
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Example Sentences

We’ve seen other sporty crossover EVs from Jaguar and Tesla, but the one area where the Mach-E truly breaks new ground is in the volume knob for its infotainment.

Weatherly thought he had written a country love song, a potential hit for a guitar-picking crossover artist like Glen Campbell.

The goal applies to sedans, crossovers, SUVs, and most trucks—some larger passenger trucks are considered “heavy duty” and therefore might not be included.

The Bronco Sport is a unibody crossover about the same size as a Subaru Forester.

This plush crossover was one of my unexpected delights of the year.

Who can blame musicians for seeking a larger crossover audience?

This video should give Disney enough fodder to create an action-packed Dumbo/Lion King crossover sequel.

Crossover performer and owner Lance Hart avoids some of the increased risk his fellow colleagues face.

Ruben Studdard I thought was fantastic, the best crossover singer since Luther Vandross for me.

She has been a huge fan of the festival for years … and there has always been that traveler crossover with Glastonbury.

Seven miles to the east, the amber warning lights went dark and the detour barrier at Crossover 85 sank back into the roadway.

One day I was flying the lead plane and I called for a crossover.

Note that characters from each series crossover to or are mentioned in the others.

At the hull of the tractor, he made the foot-at-a-time crossover and again fought suit and current to get back to the cab.

Car 56 flashed under a crossover and into a long, gentle curve.





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