cross·​over | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌō-vər How to pronounce crossover (audio) \

Definition of crossover

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2 : an instance or product of genetic crossing-over
3 : a voter registered as a member of one political party who votes in the primary of the other party
4 : a broadening of the popular appeal of an artist (such as a musician) that is often the result of a change of the artist's medium or style also : an artist or artistic work that has achieved a crossover
5 : an instance of breaking into another category
6 : a basketball maneuver in which a player dribbles the ball quickly from one hand to the other
7 or crossover SUV : an automotive vehicle that is similar to a sport utility vehicle but built on a car chassis : CUV What makes crossovers attractive is that most combine the look of an SUV with the more civilized driving characteristics of a car.— Jonathan Welch



Definition of crossover (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : having two pieces that cross especially one over the other a crossover vest
2 : critical sense 2 the crossover point

cross over

crossed over; crossing over; crosses over

Definition of cross over (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to reach a broader audience by a change of medium or style a country singer crossing over to the pop charts

Examples of crossover in a Sentence

Noun The actor made a smooth crossover to politics. a rock musician's crossovers into jazz and soul music
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Daman then made his own cultural impact costume designing The CW’s Gossip Girl during a seachange period of fashion and television crossover. Fawnia Soo Hoo,, "With The Red Carpet on Pause, TV Is The Destination For Fashion Inspiration," 11 Apr. 2021 The body stance is a smattering of sedan, hatch, and crossover in one shape. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Lexus LF-Z Concept Hints at Production EV for 2025," 30 Mar. 2021 The crossover games on the final weekend will be played with one on Friday and three on Saturday, setting up a championship weekend atmosphere. Rick Armstrong,, "Football notes: Drake-bound Davion Cherwin scores on half of his touches as South Elgin opens season with win over Fenton," 24 Mar. 2021 The Blade Runner-esque LF-Z is a crossover, with traces of a sedan, hatchback and SUV all present in its body. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Lexus’s Bold LF-Z Electric Car Concept Glimpses the Marque’s (Near) Future," 30 Mar. 2021 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be one of them, and a series of crazy leaks seem to suggest that the movie will be a massive crossover similar to an Avengers movie or Civil War. Chris Smith, BGR, "Crazy leaks might’ve revealed the next big Avengers crossover like ‘Endgame’," 21 Mar. 2021 One is a full set based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, while another is an undetailed crossover with Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000. Joe Parlock, Forbes, "Wizards Of The Coast May Be Working On ‘Warhammer 40,000’ And ‘Lord Of The Ring’ Crossovers For ‘Magic The Gathering’," 25 Feb. 2021 The 2021 Porsche Macan Turbo is the single best driving crossover on the planet. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New SUVs and Crossovers of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 The Cadillac Lyriq is an electric crossover with a 33-inch digital display and the futuristic Celestiq will offer all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and a full glass roof. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, "Edmunds: Top automotive tech at CES 2021," 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Police believe an eastbound semi was doing a U-turn through the crossover because of a closure caused by the earlier crash. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "2 killed in separate overnight crashes on I-74 in Indianapolis," 24 May 2020 Kingdom Hearts is a wildly popular series featuring a crossover world of Square Enix and Disney characters. Thuy Ong,, "Square Enix Delays Kingdom Hearts ‘Dark Road’ App Release," 19 May 2020 Its crossover success was among the watershed moments in the commercial potential of rock ’n’ roll. Los Angeles Times, "10 videos that prove Little Richard rocked harder than anyone, ever," 9 May 2020 Cooper, an eight-time All-Defensive Team selection, had little answer for Floyd’s mix of spin moves, crossover dribbles and floaters. Connor Letourneau,, "Recalling Sleepy Floyd’s historic outburst for an unlikely Warriors playoff win," 8 May 2020 Until the End of the World should have been a commercial crossover success, but instead it was cut too short to relay its intended meaning and still didn't find a wide audience. Eric Adams, Wired, "This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times," 21 Apr. 2020 Nelson and Reilly are also credited with playing key roles in landing YouTube star KSI his first top 10 single in November, and the crossover success of classical pop singers Aled Jones and Russell Watson. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "BMG Revamps UK Leadership Team as It Stakes Claim as 'Fourth Major'," 18 Feb. 2020 The Great British Baking Show has become a crossover success, with American audiences falling in love with the series due to repeat airings on PBS and Netflix. Dave Quinn,, "The Great British Baking Show," 16 Jan. 2020 Her music resonated with both New Mexico music and Tejano audiences, with crossover success in both fields, but music outlets in the broader industry did not fully grasp the extent of her successful career within New Mexico music. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of crossover


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crossover

: a change from one style or type of activity to another


cross·​over | \ ˈkrȯ-ˌsō-vər How to pronounce crossover (audio) \

Medical Definition of crossover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an instance or product of genetic crossing-over
2 : a crossover interchange in an experiment



Medical Definition of crossover (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or using interchange of the control group and the experimental group during the course of an experiment a double-blind crossover study

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