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cross-country

adjective cross-coun·try \ ˈkrȯs-ˈkən-trē , -ˌkən- \

Definition of cross-country

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

First Known Use of cross-country

1767


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cross-country

noun

Definition of cross-country

: cross-country racing or skiing

First Known Use of cross-country

1918


CROSS-COUNTRY Defined for English Language Learners

cross-country

adjective

Definition of cross-country for English Language Learners

  • : going or moving across a country

  • : going over the countryside rather than by roads or over a track

  • : relating to or used in a kind of skiing that is done over the countryside instead of down a mountain


cross-country

noun

Definition of cross-country for English Language Learners

  • : cross-country skiing or racing


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