cross·​over | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌō-vər \

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

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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


The actor made a smooth crossover to politics. a rock musician's crossovers into jazz and soul music

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To wealthier and better educated auto buyers, crossovers are for Kardashians. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 And just like that, dreams of a Cardi-as-Ariel crossover took the internet by storm. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Behold Cardi B Using a Dinglehopper to Brush Her Hair," 16 Oct. 2018 However, as the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot is airing on Netflix, and not The CW (where Riverdale airs), there's unlikely to be any crossover between the two first. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About the New 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' TV Show," 1 Aug. 2018 Guided by Josh, 21, the dad and his younger son, Logan, 18, rushed outside to find an SUV crossover smashed against the foundation of their Colonial-style home at 85 Charles St., just feet from the front door. Christine Dempsey,, "Tolland Man Dead After Car Crashes Into Neighbors' House," 5 July 2018 Alyson Stoner Creates the Playlist to Her Life There's a whole slew of actors returning for Apocalypse, which Ryan has said will be an epic crossover between Coven and Murder House. Nicole Weaver, Teen Vogue, "Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga Will Return as Tate and Violet in "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"," 31 Aug. 2018 Sure to draw a crowd, the 2018 Range Rover Velar is a spiffy compact crossover that complements the larger, gorgeous 2018 Land Rover Discovery. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "New Wrangler, Ram, Silverado, Mustang 'Bullitt' star at Houston Auto Show," 24 Jan. 2018 There was for sure crossover in the pure aesthetic. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Where Hype Meets Hygge: Introducing Public School and Eileen Fisher’s Up-Cycled Collaboration," 24 Oct. 2018 This episode of Vox’s Overrated series details the history of crossovers, from radio serials to the $200 million movies of today. Phil Edwards, Vox, "The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t a very good cinematic universe.," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the ultimate Netflix crossover reference, the streaming giant gave Barb a more favorable fate (and a rather bad*ss one, TBH) on its Twitter account. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things" Favorite Barb Got a Reimagined Ending, Thanks to Netflix," 17 Dec. 2018 The crossover vehicle is an important test of Fiat Chrysler’s push further into pickups and SUVs, and shift away from traditional sedans, a trend that other U.S. auto makers are pursuing, increasing competitive pressure in the light-truck segment. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Unveils Jeep-Branded Pickup Truck," 28 Nov. 2018 Instead, consumers are buying crossover vehicles, SUVs, and light trucks. Emily Stewart, Vox, "GM is closing plants and cutting jobs. Here’s what it means for workers — and for Trump.," 26 Nov. 2018 Fans have been speculating about a Riverdale x The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina crossover episode since before the new series even went into production. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Did You Miss Jughead's Appearance In 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?'," 30 Oct. 2018 In April, Riverdale producer John Goldwater denied any plans for filming a crossover episode with Sabrina. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Wants a "Sabrina" and "Riverdale" Crossover," 20 Oct. 2018 Ever since Netflix confirmed the Sabrina reboot was happening, there have been rumors of a Riverdale-Sabrina crossover episode. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Riverdale" Season 3 So Far!," 23 July 2018 Other performers include crossover reggaeton artist J. Balvin; Josh Groban with Idina Menzel; and Elton John, whose Milwaukee show is part of his farewell tour. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Country star Chris Young playing new Milwaukee Bucks arena Oct. 26," 20 June 2018 For those who can swing it, the crossover appeal is clear. Vogue, "Balmain’s Exuberant-As-Ever Pre-Fall 2019 Menswear Channels Pop Icons and The Little Prince," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of crossover

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


cross·​over | \ ˈkrȯ-ˌsō-vər \

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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