cross·​road | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌrōd also -ˈrōd How to pronounce crossroad (audio) \

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 How to pronounce crossroads (audio) \ 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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Also Wednesday, racing-centric publisher Ray Paulick declared the sport to be at a crossroads. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Reform or extinction? Many see horse slaughter as existential threat to racing," 15 June 2019 Though police officers stood in the center of many of the most dangerous crossroads blowing whistles and waving their arms, few drivers paid attention. Megan Kate Nelson, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of the Stoplight," 18 Apr. 2018 Warren is at a bit of a professional crossroads and had been having a tough day. The Washington Post,, "An Oregon bride-to-be sent an invitation to the wrong address. It came back with this note.," 27 Mar. 2018 Warren is at a bit of a professional crossroads and had been having a tough day. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "A bride-to-be sent an invitation to the wrong address. It came back with this note.," 27 Mar. 2018 Gone the Way of the Cold War After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S. Navy found itself at a crossroads. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 3 May 2019 At a crossroads outside Royal Center, the bandits opened fire on the police and a chase began. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Kill-Crazy' Brady gang tried to out-gangster John Dillinger," 29 June 2018 Meanwhile, the Ducks are at a crossroads with the triumvirate of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler, east-west players in an NHL that is increasingly bent toward north-south skaters. Curtis Zupke,, "NHL draft: Kings need a scorer; time running out for Ducks to accent vets Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler," 22 June 2018 Sub Chroma, for the uninitiated, is an annual celebration of works at the crossroads of technology and art, produced by Canvas. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Sub Chroma pop-up brings immersive underground art experience to EXPO," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of crossroad

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crossroad was in 1686

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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 How to pronounce crossroad (audio) \

Kids Definition of crossroad

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

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