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

cross 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 This is only the first of what will surely be many, many Murder House and Coven crossovers and references made in Apocalypse, so keep an eye out, folks. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""American Horror Story: Apocalypse" Is Here and So Is Demon Child Michael Langdon," 13 Sep. 2018 Women voters along with crossover Republicans put Democrat Kyrsten Sinema narrowly ahead of Republican Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate race. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Women, GOP crossovers help Democrat in Arizona Senate race," 12 Sep. 2018 However, since The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is airing on Netflix and not The CW, there's unlikely to be any crossover between the two shows at first. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Everything You Need to Know," 13 Aug. 2018 Click here for a gallery of new and redesigned crossovers and SUVs for model year 2019. Kyle Stock,, "Zombie cars offer sweet deals for consumers, headaches for automakers," 25 June 2018 The plant already downsized last year, moving from three shifts to two, partly because consumers are buying more crossovers, SUVs and trucks at the expense of smaller vehicles. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump supporters suffer unintended consequences of his policies," 15 May 2018 The Bolt is sied between a hatch and a small crossover, seats five, and has an open, roomy cabin with easy-to-operate technology. Dan Rodricks,, "Hard to find the Chevy Bolt in heavy traffic," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The chic white piece features Gucci's iconic logo, a scooped back and crossover straps. Anna Duff, Fox News, "Gucci's sold-out $380 swimsuit can't touch chlorine," 22 Sep. 2018 World of Warships has already added crossover play with Japanese anime show High School Fleet and steampunk-style ships in hopes of adding to the population. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 The success of the PSL is also largely responsible for the barrage of pumpkin spice-flavored everything else, from cream cheese to dog treats, Kahlua, and in an especially wacky seasonal crossover, Peeps. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Pumpkin spice lattes — and the backlash, and the backlash to the backlash — explained," 29 Aug. 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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