[moh-toh-kraws, -kros]


a timed motorcycle race over a closed course consisting of a winding dirt trail with hills, jumps, sharp turns, and often muddy terrain.

Origin of motocross

< French: equivalent to moto(cycle) motorcycle + cross(-country) cross-country Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for motocross



a motorcycle race across very rough ground
another name for rallycross See also autocross

Word Origin for motocross

C20: from moto (r) + cross (-country)
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Word Origin and History for motocross

also moto-cross, by 1956, from motorcycle + cross-country.

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