cross-country

1 of 2

adjective

cross-coun·​try ˈkrȯs-ˈkən-trē How to pronounce cross-country (audio)
-ˌkən-
1
: extending or moving across a country
a cross-country concert tour
2
: proceeding over countryside (as across fields and through woods) and not by roads
3
: of or relating to racing or skiing over the countryside instead of over a track or run
cross-country adverb

cross-country

2 of 2

noun

: cross-country racing or skiing

Examples of cross-country in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But Jeffries and Johnson have both been in a cross-country sprint, raising money and enthusiasm for their own party candidates ahead of November — the Republican speaker trying to keep his job, the Democratic leader waiting to take it on. Lisa Mascaro, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Travelers can also fly cross-country for less with travel between Miami and Chicago starting at just $69 each way and travel between Philadelphia and Los Angeles starting at just $81 each way. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2024 People from Nordic countries tended to be slightly better navigators, perhaps because the sport of orienteering, which combines cross-country running and navigation, is popular in those countries. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024 In this brand-new children’s book, Billy The Kid—a pup who has it all, including a band and a cross-country tour—must decide between a show at Barkafeller Center on Christmas Day or going home to see his family. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 11 Apr. 2024 Male cross-country athletes had the highest rates compared with anyone else in the study — a finding that surprised the authors since previous research found higher rates in football, Whelan said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 During its final cross-country trip, Aerosmith will also make stops in Cincinnati (Oct. 17), Nashville (Oct. 20) and Indianapolis (Jan. 16). Leo Bertucci, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2024 In 2016, Tesla said that all the company’s vehicles would be shipped with the hardware necessary to drive themselves—allowing drivers to nap or even send their cars cross-country without anyone inside. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, 6 Apr. 2024 But after six straight games on the road and a cross-country flight home from Washington, there were real questions about whether the Lakers could take advantage of it. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024
Noun
Those in the first-class section on my cross-country flight were offered both full-sized snacks and alcoholic drinks. Lauren Burwell, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2023 Sikh motorcyclist joins a cross-country ride against hate. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2023 Tour of Anchorage: all day Sunday, races start at various locations and end at Kincaid Park Racers in this point-to-point cross-country ski marathon will zip along trails in the city toward the finish line at the ski stadium in Kincaid Park. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Mar. 2023 With winter drawing to a close, rising temperatures are creating muddy conditions that limit cross-country movement, the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense said Thursday. Ann M. Simmons and Isabel Coles, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 On November 8, 2021, two months after she was dismissed from the cross-country team, Julia killed herself in her dorm room. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2023 Driverless focuses on a female robotics engineer who takes a cross-country journey of self-discovery using the company’s driverless car prototype. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2023 The impromptu cross-country ski race on city streets happens anytime there’s significant snowfall in the city. oregonlive, 23 Feb. 2023 Furthermore, Token Transit is a major upgrade for those visiting the Detroit area in terms of traveling by plane, train or cross-country bus. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross-country was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Cross-country.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross-country. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

cross-country

1 of 2 adjective
cross-coun·​try
ˈkrȯ-ˈskən-trē
1
: extending or moving across a country
a cross-country railroad
a cross-country concert tour
2
: going over the countryside rather than by roads
3
: dealing with or being racing or skiing over the countryside instead of over a track or run
cross-country adverb

cross-country

2 of 2 noun
: cross-country skiing or racing

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