crossroad

noun
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

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Examples of crossroad in a Sentence

Traffic was stopped at the crossroad. We turned onto a crossroad.
Recent Examples on the Web Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, is a unique crossroad of cultures. Darren Humphreys, Travel + Leisure, "How to Enjoy the Charms of Zanzibar, According to a Travel + Leisure A-List Advisor," 12 Mar. 2021 The Huntsville product face another crossroad after last season when the NBA Draft was an option. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama stars explain emotional moment when they cut down the nets," 3 Mar. 2021 Leigh Chapman, a lawyer with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which filed a brief supporting the challengers, said the Supreme Court faced a crossroad. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "A Supreme Court test for what’s left of the Voting Rights Act," 28 Feb. 2021 Leigh Chapman, a lawyer with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which filed a brief supporting the challengers, said the Supreme Court faced a crossroad. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "A Supreme Court Test for What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act," 28 Feb. 2021 In another life, the fourth-century B.C. likeness stood at a crossroad or gate, where ancient Greeks could appeal to its subject, the patron god of travelers and merchants, to ensure their safe passage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ninety Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 And Martin’s sentiments reflect those felt by chefs and restaurants across the country who have been confronted by the same crossroad: evolve or die. Washington Post, "As customers and coastlines disappear, a New Orleans chef fights for her community," 17 Dec. 2020 Construction is completed on eight crossroad bridges over the Dan Ryan, Kennedy and Eisenhower, 10 ramps and the mainline Eisenhower through the interchange. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Final four ramps to open as Jane Byrne Interchange construction shifts to mainline Kennedy and Dan Ryan," 11 Dec. 2020 One family has to walk to the nearest crossroad to get cellphone reception. Dan Levin, New York Times, "In Rural ‘Dead Zones,’ School Comes on a Flash Drive," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Crossroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossroad. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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crossroad

noun

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

crossroad

noun
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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