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



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 After teasing the $37,499 EV for months, the company unveiled a road-ready, production version of the Ocean crossover this week. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "CES 2020: Fast & Furious actor Ludacris' thoughts on Tesla as EVs have a major moment," 9 Jan. 2020 Mercedes is just starting to get into the long-range electric vehicle market and plans to have an assortment of models on the road by mid-decade, including the EQB crossover that will be its first for the U.S. market. NBC News, "James Cameron's Avatar comes to life in Mercedes' sleek concept car," 8 Jan. 2020 Musk also introduced the Model Y crossover for the Chinese market, saying that demand for the vehicle will probably outstrip that of Tesla’s all other models combined. Fortune, "How Elon Musk Built a Tesla Factory in China in Less Than a Year," 7 Jan. 2020 Consider Filson’s Frontloading Right-Handed Shooting Shirt the crossover of field shirts—built for running-and-gunning. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Hunting Winter Rabbits Behind Bailey, the Almost-Famous Pot-Bellied Beagle," 10 Dec. 2019 In her tweet, Ariana seemed surprised to hear the crossover between her character Cat and her actual onstage persona. Paige Skinner, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Doppelgänger Paige Niemann Was "Shocked" Ariana Noticed Her," 27 Nov. 2019 This spring, Musk unveiled the Model Y crossover; that vehicle is slated to begin production next summer., "Tesla’s Elon Musk touts 200K Cybertruck orders just days after reveal," 25 Nov. 2019 This spring, Musk unveiled the Model Y crossover; that vehicle is slated to begin production next summer., "Tesla announces 187,000 Cybertruck orders two days after reveal - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 This spring, Musk unveiled the Model Y crossover; that vehicle is slated to begin production next summer. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Elon Musk says 146,000 Cybertrucks reserved just days after botched reveal," 24 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The repair work includes building a new stretch of dune to help protect beachfront structures from future surge, as well as rebuilding several crossover walkways onto the beach that suffered storm damage. USA TODAY, "MLK, robot unemployment, Python Bowl: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 BSC Herget leader Needham awaits their rivals in a crossover matchup. Nate Weitzer,, "A cancer survivor, Michael Wilder’s passion has put Waltham on a firm foundation," 13 Jan. 2020 Is there going to be any other crossover element to World Beyond other than the CRM? Dalton Ross,, "The Walking Dead: World Beyond," 7 Jan. 2020 Sport utility vehicles made all the difference for the performance of UK luxury brands last year as customers rewarded Rolls-Royce for launching its first ever crossover SUV while punishing Aston Martin for lack of one. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Aston Martin May Need a Lifeline From Investors as It Runs Precariously Low on Cash," 7 Jan. 2020 Kanye West’s crossover The Christian music scene is currently witnessing a pop resurgence with artists that entered pop culture during the 1980s and well into the turn-of-the-century. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 The beginning of a crossover event with the Gremlins universe? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2019: These were our favorite shows and binges this year," 28 Dec. 2019 Poole, despite his shooting struggles, wowed the crowd with a flashy crossover dribble and step-back 3-pointer over Damian Lillard. Ron Kroichick,, "Warriors rookie Jordan Poole tries to tap into his lifelong swagger," 27 Nov. 2019 Taylor Swift, 2009 & 2011 Another woman who managed to take home the award not once, but twice, Swift has become not only an icon for country music, but an example of how to be a successful crossover artist. Andrea Wurzburger,, "All of the Women Who’ve Won the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of crossover


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crossover was in 1884

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crossover.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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