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

The new vehicle also filled a big Buick need, giving the automaker something to peddle in the burgeoning compact crossover segment. Al Haas,, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 For 2018, Hyundai has added a new subcompact crossover SUV to its lineup, with lots to offer for the money and features buyers want in a versatile family vehicle, as well as Hyundai’s excellent warranty. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 This engine and transmission combo are also offered in the GMC Terrain compact crossover, a sister vehicle to the Equinox, and the Chevrolet Cruze sedan and hatchback. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Chevrolet Equinox turbo-diesel joins lineup," 19 May 2018 Their outrageous dunks, or crossovers, or their personality or brand makes them so popular. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "The Instagram Stars of High-School Basketball," 18 May 2018 The great tragedy and confusion of Monáe's career has been her inability to access the pop pantheon, her inability—whether through fluke or failure—to become a true crossover hit. Jason Parham, WIRED, "On Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe Breaks Out of Her Android Persona," 27 Apr. 2018 Boston guard Terry Rozier executed a deft crossover, shaking Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe loose and sending him drifting toward the paint. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 113, Bucks 107: Milwaukee's magic fizzles out in overtime," 15 Apr. 2018 Until then, the only crossovers Buick had were its large, three-row Enclave and the subcompact Encore. Al Haas,, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 Chevy Blazer GM’s Chevrolet Silverado pickup was the top-selling model imported from Mexico last year, while the Chevrolet Equinox crossover was the leading vehicle sourced from Canada, according to LMC Automotive. Bloomberg, Fortune, "BMW and Hyundai Join GM in Pressing U.S. to Forgo Auto Tariffs," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This is particularly problematic in urban music and reggaeton, which continues to have significant crossover success. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 2018 Rap and rock have been for the last few years in a crossover moment as the younger genre has leapfrogged the older one in popularity while borrowing its signifiers, and West and Cudi have long admired guitar gods. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Lives in Kanye West’s ‘Ghost Town’," 14 June 2018 All exit ramps and onramps at the Union-area Mt. Zion Road and at Ky. 338 Richwood Road exits will be replaced with new double crossover diamond interchanges, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation description of the project. Scott Wartman,, "Trump rebuild America program sends $67 million to remake I-75 in Boone County," 8 June 2018 While most of my favorite crossover midlayers in the past have used 100 percent synthetic materials, the Deployment uses blended merino wool on the back and underarms, which lends it more breathability while maintaining its insulating power. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Tested: The Best Versatile Midlayers," 25 Apr. 2018 Memories of a manual sports coupe clashed with a crossover with more safety aids than a preschool. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 There’s a bit of crossover, too, such as Blinq’s ability to track fitness, like Motiv, but each ring had its own primary purpose. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "The latest in tiny technology: smart rings let you hide the phone but see alerts, discreetly," 15 May 2018 But this is dead on arrival in the Senate, where at least nine Democrats need to crossover because of the 60-vote threshold to open debate. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Short-term spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military," 7 Feb. 2018 True, the subcompact Kicks’ high stance and body styling evoke a crossover SUV. Al Haas,, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 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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