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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The female protagonists in Hallmark Christmas films are often at a crossroads in their lives that lead them find a fresh start. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 In many ways, scooters are at a crossroads, with operators and cities struggling to find a balance between the need to regulate this new mobility service without stifling the companies’ ability to scale and make money. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Scooter companies are trying to rehabilitate their reputations as cities crack down," 23 Aug. 2018 The discussions come as the U.S. military faces a crossroad in Syria. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "American service member dies in Syria after Trump promises to remove U.S. troops," 30 Mar. 2018 Clemons delivers an equally strong performance as Sam faces her own crossroads, especially with a new love, Rose (Sasha Lane). Rick Bentley, kansascity, "‘Hearts Beat Loud’ delivers a resounding message of love," 14 June 2018 Sportsmail claims that Martial, who has had something of a troubled season in 2017/18, is at 'a crossroads', with his place in the United side looking insecure while the first team remains under the management of Jose Mourinho., "Manchester United 'Open to Sale' of Fan Favourite Forward But Hold Firm on Selling to Direct Rivals," 23 May 2018 Istanbul, a global crossroads for centuries, exuded optimism., "Bloomberg," 18 May 2018 Hopkinson’s analysis focuses on the crossroads where two legacies meet: art created in response to white oppression and one of empire-building and their profiteers. Darcel Rockett,, "How does one respond to racist, xenophobic populism? Art plays a part, says Natalie Hopkinson.," 25 Apr. 2018 The country, once a flourishing crossroads for commerce, is now the site of proxy wars between the U.S. and multiple jihadi groups. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "The Moral High Ground on Syria Is Empty," 9 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of crossroad

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

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