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 Police said Whittington was driving west on Neabsco Mills Road and struck a 2004 Lexus crossover SUV whose driver was turning off Neabsco Mills onto Smoke Court. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 The overhaul will start with an electric crossover SUV in 2024 that Buick said will offer some luxury amenities and a new styling theme while being priced beneath GM’s Cadillac EVs., 1 June 2022 The German luxury automaker has just unveiled the upcoming 2023 edition of its mid-sized crossover SUV. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 June 2022 Gilley’s and the scene that coalesced around it also brought country music newfound crossover success with adult contemporary radio. New York Times, 7 May 2022 Before artists like Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift experienced crossover success, Parton was doing it in various mediums. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 The group’s crossover success came at the same time another British-Irish boy band, One Direction, was reaching similar heights in the U.K. and U.S. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 Quintanilla was a Tejano music star poised for crossover success when she was gunned down in 1995 by her fan club president and friend, Yolanda Saldívar. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 It’s one that began with his youth as a precocious Chicago teenage jazz pianist and ended, in 1965, with his death from lung cancer at age 45, an icon whose crossover success and remarkable musicality changed 20th century American culture. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Police believe an eastbound semi was doing a U-turn through the crossover because of a closure caused by the earlier crash. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 24 May 2020 Kingdom Hearts is a wildly popular series featuring a crossover world of Square Enix and Disney characters. Thuy Ong,, 19 May 2020 Its crossover success was among the watershed moments in the commercial potential of rock ’n’ roll. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2020 Cooper, an eight-time All-Defensive Team selection, had little answer for Floyd’s mix of spin moves, crossover dribbles and floaters. Connor Letourneau,, 8 May 2020 Until the End of the World should have been a commercial crossover success, but instead it was cut too short to relay its intended meaning and still didn't find a wide audience. Eric Adams, Wired, 21 Apr. 2020 Nelson and Reilly are also credited with playing key roles in landing YouTube star KSI his first top 10 single in November, and the crossover success of classical pop singers Aled Jones and Russell Watson. Richard Smirke, Billboard, 18 Feb. 2020 The Great British Baking Show has become a crossover success, with American audiences falling in love with the series due to repeat airings on PBS and Netflix. Dave Quinn,, 16 Jan. 2020 Her music resonated with both New Mexico music and Tejano audiences, with crossover success in both fields, but music outlets in the broader industry did not fully grasp the extent of her successful career within New Mexico music. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, 3 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Crossover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for crossover


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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