crossroad

[ kraws-rohd, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌroʊd, ˈkrɒs- /

noun

a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads.
a by-road.
Often crossroads. (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the place where roads intersect.
  2. a point at which a vital decision must be made.
  3. a main center of activity.

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Origin of crossroad

First recorded in 1710–20; cross- + road
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British Dictionary definitions for crossroad

crossroad

/ (ˈkrɒsˌrəʊd) /

noun US and Canadian

a road that crosses another road
Also called: crossway a road that crosses from one main road to another
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Word Origin and History for crossroad

crossroad


n.

1719, from cross (adj.) + road.

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