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 crossroads (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 Ellis County is on its way to becoming the next major crossroads on the information superhighway. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Google and Compass are making Ellis County a digital hub," 6 May 2020 Puebla stood at a river crossing on the line of march from Orizaba to Mexico City, the first major crossroads after ascending to the central plateau. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Real History of Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2020 Bolsonaro’s administration has arrived at a crossroads for economic policy that’s pitted Guedes against other officials and politicians who are calling for more stimulus amid the coronavirus pandemic. Martha Viotti Beck,, "Brazil Economy Chief Says Private Sector Will Propel Recovery," 5 May 2020 Like the protesters and the healthcare worker, our country is poised, tensely, at a moral crossroads. Daniel Burke, CNN, "The dangerous morality behind the 'Open it Up' movement," 23 Apr. 2020 But another episode in season 3 takes the (pan)cake: specifically the one involving the Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes, the extremely dangerous crossroads hub for all dimensions. Dan Snierson,, "The Good Bye: The Good Place creator Mike Schur looks back on four seasons of magic and morality," 30 Jan. 2020 As the majority of the U.S. population embraces N95 respirators and cloth masks, people with pre-existing respiratory issues are at a crossroads. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Engineers Just Solved the Biggest Problem with N95 Masks," 15 Apr. 2020 The ongoing state fiscal situation has placed our community at a crossroads. Anchorage Daily News, "14 questions: Anchorage Assembly candidate Suzanne LaFrance," 28 Mar. 2020 But the move from Ford Field creates an awkward look for Bieber at a pivotal crossroads in his career. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Justin Bieber flop in Detroit? Ford Field show moving to Little Caesars Arena on new date," 6 Mar. 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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20 May 2020

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“Crossroad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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