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

Examples of crossroad in a Sentence

Traffic was stopped at the crossroad. We turned onto a crossroad.
Recent Examples on the Web Little Miami Scenic Trail named one of best U.S. urban trails From the south, Old 3-C will be the last crossroad to exit the trail before the closure. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 This is one of those crossroad moments for an Alabama program in Year 3 under Nate Oats. Michael Casagrande |, al, 13 Mar. 2022 This week, Ohio finds itself at a historic crossroad. Staff Report, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 At each crossroad, the machine turned right by default. Saugat Bolakhe, Scientific American, 28 Jan. 2022 Finally, the last incident involved a truck approaching from a crossroad and moving into the highway. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 1 Dec. 2021 The Bears are nearing a crossroad for Nagy and a coaching staff that is hopeful extra time to self-scout will prove beneficial. Brad Biggs,, 20 Nov. 2021 Drivers can expect temporary, overnight lane closures next week on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between I-55 and the Hinsdale Oasis and on Plainfield Road during bridge beam placement for reconstruction of the crossroad bridge over I-294. Pioneer Press Staff,, 9 Nov. 2021 In all three of these timelines, Joe’s 10-year college reunion proves a pivotal second crossroad in the premiere episode. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crossroad

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crossroad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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