[ kraws-toun, kros- ]


  1. situated or traveling in a direction extending across a town or city:

    a crosstown street; a crosstown bus.


  1. in a direction extending across a town or city:

    The car sped crosstown.


  1. Informal. a bus running primarily in a crosstown direction.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of crosstown1

First recorded in 1885–90; cross- + town

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Example Sentences

Each plant I’m keeping represents neighborhood strolls with friends in the Inner Richmond neighborhood, crosstown hikes, and leisurely picnics in Golden Gate Park.

To pull off a mass commencement in two stages at a new crosstown location with barely one month of advance notice, and to make it all accessible through video for a remote audience, will be a major league logistical feat.

LG Chem has been in a battle with crosstown rival SK Innovation after it alleged that SK stole trade secrets.

The dulcet air drifted lazily in deep, silent crosstown streets.

At Thirty-fourth and Forty-second streets the crosstown traffic had already begun.

But within that minute a crosstown car had stopped directly in front of the cab.

The frozen snows of January still lay like adamant in the crosstown streets.

My papa said seven of the crosstown blocks made a mile, and twenty of the short blocks.