cross·​road | \ˈkrȯs-ˌrōd also -ˈrōd \

Definition of crossroad 

1 : a road that crosses a main road or runs cross-country between main roads

2 usually crossroads\ ˈkrȯs-​ˌrōdz also  -​ˈrōdz \ plural in form but singular or plural in construction

a : the place of intersection of two or more roads

b(1) : a small community located at such a crossroads

(2) : a central meeting place

c : a crucial point especially where a decision must be made

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Examples of crossroad in a Sentence

Traffic was stopped at the crossroad. We turned onto a crossroad.

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Older patients who have cardio-respiratory conditions (emphysema, lung cancer, heart failure), or who are prone to pneumonia, or who have entered the later stages of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease — any of them may be nearing this crossroads. New York Times, "Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients," 22 June 2018 The team, like the nation, is a global crossroads, a place shaped by hundreds of years of colonial history and migration. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 The group stage is the crossroads of cultures, a mixture of multitudes filled with happiness and hope. Ronald Blum,, "European and South American teams dominate World Cup Round of 16," 28 June 2018 But as Jones nears free agency and a crossroads of his career on several fronts, his play in center field will become more and more of a factor in his evaluation. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Showalter: Jones' challenges in field 'not something that has been noticed to an extent'," 6 June 2018 None of them are totally accurate: distances are suggestions, with the number of streets between one crossroads and another chosen at random. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018 The Swahili coast of East Africa is home to a crossroads culture. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Looking back, Norfolk State may've been Frank Haith's crossroads moment. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 An opinion poll ahead of July 30 elections finds Zimbabweans at a crossroad. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Looming Election Is Vital for Zimbabwe," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of crossroad

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of crossroad

: a place where two or more roads cross

: a road that crosses a main road or that runs across land between main roads


cross·​road | \ˈkrȯs-ˌrōd \

Kids Definition of crossroad

: a place where roads run across each other usually used in pl.

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