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


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.


Origin of crossroad

First recorded in 1710–20; cross- + road Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crossroads (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkrɒsˌrəʊdz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

an area or the point at which two or more roads cross each other
the point at which an important choice has to be made (esp in the phrase at the crossroads)

British Dictionary definitions for crossroads (2 of 2)


/ (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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