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

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 How to pronounce crossroads (audio) \ 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 The library has the potential to be the crossroads the neighborhood lacks. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Public Library’s new Martin Luther King, Jr., Branch could be a ‘palace for the people’," 23 Feb. 2020 The crossroads in the Hoggle case play out all the time around the country, according to Christopher Slobogin, a Vanderbilt Law School professor and expert in the field. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Judge to weigh dropping murder charges against Catherine Hoggle in missing kids case," 18 Feb. 2020 Portugal’s neutrality made it the crossroads of Europe and the Americas, a magnet for exiles, diplomats, foreign correspondents, and adventurers. Time, "Why the U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II," 3 Jan. 2020 Winona sits near the crossroads of Interstate 55, the major north-south artery in Mississippi, and US Highway 82, which runs east to west., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 17 Dec. 2019 The scholarship helps fund a semester abroad for CIA students, continuing Bourdain’s legacy of exploring the crossroads of cuisine and culture. Paul Stephen,, "Auction of Anthony Bourdain’s belongings fetches nearly $2 million," 6 Nov. 2019 Before the United States declared its independence, before Maryland was a state and before Harford was a county, a congregation of Scots-Irish settlers established a church near the crossroads of Madonna in 1769., "Bethel Presbyterian Church celebrates 250 years of faith and service," 30 Oct. 2019 Zul represents the interesting crossroads at which Singapore’s hawker culture sits. Liza Weisstuch,, "Getting a taste of Singapore’s famously flavorful street food," 14 Oct. 2019 Located at the international crossroads of the Mekong Valley, the hillside pool at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort doles out views of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos in a single panorama. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Infinity Pools That Are Worth the Hotel Reservation Alone," 16 Sep. 2019

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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 28 Feb. 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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