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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Six local bands will also perform at the free event, which will take place at the crossroads of routes 27 and 135. Cynthia Fernandez,, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 July 2018 Linden House is ideally situated near the crossroads of Routes 185 and 10/202. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 Fast-moving lava flows on Hawaii’s Big Island from the Kilauea volcano have blocked one major evacuation route and are headed toward the crossroads of another, prompting a new round of evacuations for rural neighborhoods in the area. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "New evacuations ordered as fast-flowing Hawaii lava blocks major volcano escape route," 30 May 2018 Both Maggie Spicer and Christine Trac, the co-owners of Baana, located at the crossroads of Nob Hill and Chinatown, and Rachel Khong of the Ruby, located in the Mission, bring up Makeshift Society, the Hayes Valley establishment. Flora Tsapovsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Forget co-working: Women flock to ‘gathering space’ communities," 2 May 2018 As the past year illuminated, our our nation is at a crossroads on many issues of consequence, with divergent views about a path forward. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "PBS Chief on the Aftermath of Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and #MeToo," 16 Jan. 2018 Yet, Florida education is at a crossroads from the standpoint of planning for an evolving classroom, a growing and increasingly complex student body, and changing workforce needs. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 With college basketball now at a similar crossroads, the NCAA called on a commission, not an iron hand. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Does college basketball want the change it says it seeks?," 25 Apr. 2018 Microsoft That leaves Microsoft seemingly at a crossroads. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $80 Surface USB-C dongle suggests there'll be no new Surface Dock," 25 June 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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