noun \krü-ˈsād\

Crusade : any one of the wars that European Christian countries fought against Muslims in Palestine in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries

: a major effort to change something

Full Definition of CRUSADE

capitalized :  any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims
:  a remedial enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm

Examples of CRUSADE

  1. <a grassroots crusade for spending more money on our public schools>

Origin of CRUSADE

blend of Middle French croisade & Spanish cruzada; both ultimately from Latin cruc-, crux cross
First Known Use: circa 1708

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



: to take part in a major effort to change something


Full Definition of CRUSADE

intransitive verb
:  to engage in a crusade
cru·sad·er noun

First Known Use of CRUSADE



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