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 Even with the focus on crossovers and SUVs, the E-class remains the heart and soul of Mercedes-Benz. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes E-Class Expands Inline-Six Availability, Adds Hybrid," 3 Mar. 2020 In North America, pickups account for one of every six vehicles sold in the US (when including crossovers and SUVs, the share rises to 70%). Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s new Cybertruck is here," 21 Nov. 2019 Ford had already committed to dropping sedans from its lineup, so making an SUV—specifically the kind of crossover that flies off Ford lots—was a natural choice. Wired, "How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV," 17 Nov. 2019 There’s a lot of crossover and history between the two teams. Giana Han, al, "5 things to know about Georgia, Auburn’s next opponent," 15 Nov. 2019 The new car market is already in the midst of a dramatic revolution that has seen sedans and coupes eclipsed by the sport-utility vehicles, crossovers and pickups that accounted for almost two out of three new vehicle sales last year. NBC News, "What's new at this year's New York Auto Show," 3 Apr. 2018 LMC Automotive, an industry consultant, estimates that crossovers and SUVs will make up 35 percent of the global auto market by 2021., "Americans Don’t Just Want SUVs Anymore. They Need Them," 22 Feb. 2018 Taking this car through the twisties at an aggressive pace shows just how much Alfa has blurred the lines between a crossover and a sport sedan. Al Haas,, "2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: As fun as its unusual name," 10 Feb. 2018 Selena grew up to become one of the most influential crossover artists, resonating with the Latino community and gaining momentum among English speakers. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What Netflix Has Revealed About 'Selena: The Series' So Far," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wiggins was in awe of how, after such a long hiatus, his new teammate managed to deliver the crossover dribbles and behind-the-back passes that have become Curry’s trademark. Connor Letourneau,, "‘You see the brilliance’: Stephen Curry dazzles in first scrimmage since injury," 22 Feb. 2020 On another possession, Gordon used a quick crossover dribble that got Pistons 6-foot-11 center Andre Drummond on his heels. Roy Parry,, "Magic’s young core of Aaron Gordon, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba thriving early in preseason," 6 Oct. 2019 Cadillac will unveil in New York this week a small SUV called the XT4, aimed at the booming small-crossover crowd. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Cadillac and Lincoln Look to Give Their SUVs More Sex Appeal," 25 Mar. 2018 Harden's absolutely filthy crossover dribble seemed to break Johnson's ankles before Johnson helplessly fell to the court. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "Watch: Houston Rockets James Harden's crossover destroys the ankles of Clippers Wesley Johnson," 3 Jan. 2018 And, yes, I’d be thrilled if this crossover put more eyes on Outer Darkness. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Comics Crossover 'Outer Darkness' and 'Chew' Came Together," 6 Mar. 2020 Becky G’s reverse crossover, from English to Spanish-language music, has made her a star. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Becky G takes a superstar turn on the RodeoHouston stage," 5 Mar. 2020 None of the crossover voting rules exist for the general election. Leada Gore |, al, "Super Tuesday 2020: What time do polls close tonight?," 3 Mar. 2020 Though Gaga has remained firmly centered in pop culture’s lens—most recently with her crossover starring role in there is still something decidedly refreshing about hearing an instant classic Gaga cut in 2020. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Pop Songs of 2020 (So Far)," 2 Mar. 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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25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crossover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 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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