cross·​road ˈkrȯs-ˌrōd How to pronounce crossroad (audio)
 also  -ˈrōd
: a road that crosses a main road or runs cross-country between main roads
usually crossroads ˈkrȯs-ˌrōdz How to pronounce crossroad (audio)
 also  -ˈrōdz
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the place of intersection of two or more roads
: a small community located at such a crossroads
: a central meeting place
: a crucial point especially where a decision must be made

Examples of crossroad in a Sentence

Traffic was stopped at the crossroad. We turned onto a crossroad.
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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crossroad was in 1686

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Cite this Entry

“Crossroad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


cross·​road ˈkrȯs-ˌrōd How to pronounce crossroad (audio)
: a road that crosses a main road or runs across country between main roads
: a place where roads cross
usually used in plural
: a small community at a crossroads
: a place or time at which a decision must be made
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