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 One of Musk’s biggest tests will be the first deliveries of its new Model Y crossover. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "How Elon Musk went from sleeping in the factory to being on the cusp of launching a crew into space," 21 Feb. 2020 The brand, which debuted in 1989, grew 10% to 765,330 vehicles worldwide, Toyota said in a statement Monday, powered by strong sales of its UX subcompact crossover and best-selling RX sports utility vehicle. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Toyota’s Lexus sales rise globally, despite leveling off in U.S.," 3 Feb. 2020 Rosalía has been a presence since 2017, but 2018’s El Mal Querer marked her first real crossover into markets beyond Spain. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Why Artists Who Aren't That New Keep Getting Nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy," 23 Jan. 2020 The company is introducing a new version of its 500X crossover. Larry Printz,, "The least popular car in America is practical and affordable. So why isn’t it selling?," 6 Dec. 2019 Tesla now looks capable of delivering 500,000 vehicles this year (most of them the Model 3 sedan and upcoming Model Y crossover) and 1 million as soon as 2022, according to an investor note by equity research firm Wedbush. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "We’re about to enter a world where Tesla is the cheaper electric car," 29 Jan. 2020 Tesla’s Model Y crossover, set to arrive later this year, is expected to carry a 280 to 300-mile range, though the automaker has also promised a cheaper standard-range version at 230 miles. Washington Post, "Teslas still go much farther on a single charge than their competitors. But the strategy carries risks.," 10 Jan. 2020 In addition to starting sales of locally built Model 3s in China soon, the company has accelerated the introduction of its newest model, the Model Y crossover, to the summer of next year, rather than the fall. Fortune, "Musk Finds Humor in Tesla’s $420 Stock Getting ‘So High’," 23 Dec. 2019 Soon after Hackett took over in 2017, Ford dropped slow-selling, low- to no-profit small sedans from its product lineup to focus on crossovers, SUVs, pickup trucks and performance cars. Russ Mitchell,, "The electric Mustang is just the start of Ford’s drive to hit 50 mpg in 6 years," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tesla is launching its new crossover SUV in the first quarter, and new vehicles in the past have become a production stumbling block. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "How Elon Musk went from sleeping in the factory to being on the cusp of launching a crew into space," 21 Feb. 2020 The 4Runner has a generous 46 cubic feet (1,303L) of cargo space behind the second row of seats, while Toyota's own Highlander crossover SUV has just 42 cubic feet (1,189L). Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "As capable as a Jeep, as reliable as a Toyota—it’s the 2020 4Runner SUV," 14 Feb. 2020 Chagrin Valley Conference There are now four divisions in the CVC, and crossover games between two of the divisions count in the standings. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Breaking down conference races at the halfway point: Girls basketball Top 25," 14 Jan. 2020 Outlook: Head to Howell (4-4) for a KLAA crossover elimination game. Joey Yashinsky And Chris Allen, Detroit Free Press, "These Michigan high school football teams are on the playoff bubble," 25 Oct. 2019 The Pac-12 crossover game is slated for a 10 p.m. ET kickoff. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "California at Utah football odds, picks and best bets," 24 Oct. 2019 Besides Penn State, the U’s other crossover games are against unranked Maryland and Rutgers. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers get tiniest bit of love in first college football coaches poll," 1 Aug. 2019 Don’t sleep on the Gophers, who have favorable Big Ten East crossover games (at Rutgers, vs. Maryland and vs. Penn State). Teddy Greenstein,, "Is this Lovie Smith’s last stand? Can Jonathan Taylor make a run? 1 question for all 14 Big Ten football teams," 17 July 2019 And the entrance poll showed him with limited crossover appeal outside of his young, very liberal base. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "FIRST READ: What stands out after Iowa is Bernie Sanders' limited crossover appeal," 7 Feb. 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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26 Feb 2020

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“Crossover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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