[kraws-toun, kros-]


situated or traveling in a direction extending across a town or city: a crosstown street; a crosstown bus.


in a direction extending across a town or city: The car sped crosstown.


Informal. a bus running primarily in a crosstown direction.

Origin of crosstown

First recorded in 1885–90; cross- + town Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crosstown

Historical Examples of crosstown

  • Crosstown, uptown, and downtown you may move without seeing her.

  • At the foot of every crosstown street is a bonfire of sunset.

    Where the Blue Begins

    Christopher Morley

  • By and by they got into a crosstown car, and it was when Win was being helped out by the lion tamer that a motor dashed past.

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

  • They passed Forty-second Street and turned into Forty-fifth, just as the lights in the crosstown cars had been put out.


    Arthur Cheny Train

  • They crossed the moving bands by an overhead bridge and cut down a narrow canyon to the entrance of a crosstown series of bands.