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 During Thursday's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Organized Crime crossover event, the two detective characters, played by Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, appeared onscreen together again. Ally Mauch,, "Stabler Returns in the Law & Order: SVU and Organized Crime Crossover Event: Recap," 1 Apr. 2021 This big crossover event will serve as the launching pad for the new series, in which Stabler returns to the NYPD to lead an elite task force aimed at taking down powerful criminal syndicates. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Christopher Meloni’s return to ‘SVU’ and ‘Snowpiercer’ finale top this week’s TV picks," 28 Mar. 2021 In the first crossover game between Division A and Division B teams, the Gators remained undefeated with the win over the Scorpions. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Jonah Stoutenborough’s late goals push River Hill boys past Marriotts Ridge | Howard County soccer roundup," 23 Mar. 2021 The third through sixth seeds will play a crossover game., "The Eastern Mass. ‘Fall II’ high school football season starts Friday. Here’s a league-by-league preview," 10 Mar. 2021 With the Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell revivals at Peacock, could the groundwork be laid for an epic crossover event in the future? Rosy Cordero,, "Soleil Moon Frye teases Punky Brewster/Saved by the Bell crossover: 'How cool would that be?'," 28 Feb. 2021 As if the current situation with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) isn't unsettling enough already, ABC recently released a teaser clip of what's to come when both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 return for a crossover event on March 11. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey’s Anatomy' Fans Are Super Worried After Watching a New Season 17 Episode Teaser," 19 Feb. 2021 The crossover event of the year is here, and it’s Google/Facebook. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy," 16 Dec. 2020 Tim Allen is creating a crossover event between Last Man Standing and Home Improvement, and fans couldn't be happier. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Fans are Losing It After Tim Allen Revealed a 'Home Improvement' and 'Last Man Standing' Crossover Event," 8 Dec. 2020 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, "2 killed in separate overnight crashes on I-74 in Indianapolis," 24 May 2020 Kingdom Hearts is a wildly popular series featuring a crossover world of Square Enix and Disney characters. Thuy Ong,, "Square Enix Delays Kingdom Hearts ‘Dark Road’ App Release," 19 May 2020 Its crossover success was among the watershed moments in the commercial potential of rock ’n’ roll. Los Angeles Times, "10 videos that prove Little Richard rocked harder than anyone, ever," 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,, "Recalling Sleepy Floyd’s historic outburst for an unlikely Warriors playoff win," 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, "This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times," 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, "BMG Revamps UK Leadership Team as It Stakes Claim as 'Fourth Major'," 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,, "The Great British Baking Show," 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, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 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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“Crossover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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