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



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

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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

Yes, all sedans are facing sales challenges as buyers gravitate to crossovers and trucks. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Sedan Continues to Die as GM Cuts Production," 26 Nov. 2018 The crossover has a shift-by-wire continuous variable transmission, which means no mechanical transmission linkage (and slightly more interior room). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 That said, the comment leads us to wonder whether Riverdale could experience more magical or supernatural events in the coming episodes or, just maybe, there may be even more potential for crossovers and Easter eggs both on Riverdale and CAOS. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Has Already Had Several "Riverdale" Crossovers," 29 Oct. 2018 Auto makers are more likely to stop selling those cars in the U.S., where buyers are already shifting to roomier crossovers and SUVs, than make massive changes to their manufacturing plans, industry analysts say. Chester Dawson And Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "New Trade Pact Spares U.S. Auto Makers From Tariffs but Adds Restrictions," 1 Oct. 2018 Clairo Indie-pop up-and-comer Clairo nabbed a crossover hit just over a month after releasing her debut EP. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Songs to Listen to in July 2018," 19 July 2018 Introduced more than two decades ago, the original compact crossover, the Toyota RAV4, has a new trim for 2018 with unique rugged styling, a higher ride height, and other unique features. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 Nissan Rogue Sales: 38,413, up 18.1% The popular crossover had a tough April but bounced back well in May. A marketing campaign tied to the new Star Wars movie, based on the backstory of Han Solo, might have helped. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "5 hottest selling U.S. vehicles in May: Ford, Jeep, Nissan make the list," 1 June 2018 The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse three-row crossover has the form of an SUV with the functionality of a minivan. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Chevrolet Traverse:2018 model gets a makeover; still a great choice for a big family," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The spotlight always found her, a crossover athlete who appeared on magazine covers, dated famous sports stars — once golfer Tiger Woods and now Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban — and wore elegant outfits at gala events. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Cold feat: Vonn’s legacy not solely defined by wins, crashes," 10 Feb. 2019 Besides looks and cornering, tech is the other place where Chevy believes Blazer will stand out from a crowded crossover space. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 Lately these letters have been tinged with frustration as sedans themselves have become marginalized by crossover/SUV sales. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 More so than Thanos, Ralph is a character that’s basically made for crossover events like these. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Wreck it Ralph makes surprise Fortnite appearance," 23 Nov. 2018 The combination of fashion and Vatican treasures made it kind of like The Avengers of the art world — a winning crossover event if there ever was one. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "A fashion exhibit just became the Met museum’s most popular show ever. Here’s why.," 12 Oct. 2018 The design team sketched out a squat, wide crossover with sporty lines and an aggressive end, and sent the engineers off to build it. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 Record industry veteran Dontay Thompson has been appointed senior vp, rhythm/crossover promotion at Epic Records. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Dontay Thompson Joins Epic Records as Senior VP, Rhythm/Crossover Promotion," 22 May 2018 At least, that's how my Riverdale/The Masked Singer crossover fan fiction goes. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Are Dying Over This Accidental "Riverdale" and "The Masked Singer" Crossover," 17 Jan. 2019

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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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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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