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.

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Sub Chroma, for the uninitiated, is an annual celebration of works at the crossroads of technology and art, produced by Canvas. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Sub Chroma pop-up brings immersive underground art experience to EXPO," 13 Sep. 2017 With the morning sun still hanging low in the sky, a teenage boy in a bright yellow T-shirt stands at the crossroads of Mission Road and Southwest Boulevard, setting up a tent full of fireworks and other explosives. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "This Kansas City man uses basketball as a vehicle for faith and hope," 2 July 2018 The Yost stands at the crossroads of gentrification in downtown Santa Ana. Richard Chang,, "Yost Theater reclaims some of its Art Deco history in its latest renovation," 5 Apr. 2018 Like a Mediterranean Cornwall, Salento, at the tip of Italy’s heel, is both a land’s end peninsula and a crossroads of cultures (some locals still speak an ancient Greek dialect). Lee Marshall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puglia's Insider Address: Palazzo Daniele," 24 Dec. 2018 As such, the league is facing a profound philosophical crossroads. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12, Conference of Champions? Right now, ‘Conference of Credibility Issues’ is a better nickname," 23 Oct. 2018 There’s still a lot of time left in the season, but with just more than half the year’s games in the books, the Union are at a bit of a crossroads. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Cory Burke's rise leaves Union at a crossroads as race to MLS playoffs begins," 22 June 2018 Director Ava Duvernay, actress Storm Reid and writer-producer Lena Waithe, shared pictures of themselves as children in an effort to humanize the young lives caught in the political crossroads. Christina Schoellkopf,, "Hashtag Highlights: Outcries for separated families, goodbyes to 'Game of Thrones'," 22 June 2018 New graduates often get caught in the crossroads of applying for jobs, while employers seek experience. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: 4 areas influence nursing interview," 10 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 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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