[ kraws-rohd, kros- ]
See synonyms for: crossroadcrossroads on

  1. a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads.

  2. a by-road.

  1. Often crossroads. (used with a singular or plural verb)

    • the place where roads intersect.

    • a point at which a vital decision must be made.

    • a main center of activity.

Origin of crossroad

First recorded in 1710–20; cross- + road

Words Nearby crossroad Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crossroad in a sentence

  • Your husband left us at the very first crossroad toward your place and I was absorbed with my new-old neighbors' affairs.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • They turned into a crossroad after a time, and there in a little village Sara Lee found her new home.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There is a crossroad there, you remember, cutting through to the lake, and I turned in.

    The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
  • As we had foreseen, there were plenty of thirsty people walking along the Dover Road, and even some from the crossroad.

    The Wouldbegoods | E. Nesbit
  • It would have been easy for them to miss each other, unless they happened to take the same crossroad.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill | Charles Pierce Burton

British Dictionary definitions for crossroad


/ (ˈkrɒsˌrəʊd) /

nounUS and Canadian
  1. a road that crosses another road

  2. Also called: crossway a road that crosses from one main road to another

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