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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Gordon and Wendy Parsons operate the Music Mill inside the barn of a 1790s farmstead near the village crossroads. David Lyon,, "Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands," 13 Aug. 2019 Easy: fans see the first (of many) rash deals to trade one life for another, thanks to a crossroads demon. Samantha Highfill,, "Supernatural binge guide: 75 essential episodes to watch," 31 July 2019 Items that aren’t used to feed animals or the compost pile go even further down the chain—to that crossroads of lowest possible consumer discernment. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "For “Ugly” Produce, Beauty Is Rind Deep," 29 July 2019 The win over Szpilka sets Chisora up for a crossroads fight against Parker, which will take place before the end of the year. Chris Mannix,, "12 Rounds: Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight, Mayweather's Retirement and More," 22 July 2019 But for an actor at a crossroads early in her career, questions about image are everywhere. Alanna Bennett, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Is Taking It All in Stride," 1 May 2019 Police officers responded to a report of a man trying to pull a woman from a damaged vehicle near a crossroads southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, The Associated Press confirmed. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Here's what's happening with 'Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and his ex-girlfriend," 27 June 2018 The Possum Drop, which made USA Today’s latest top-5 list of weird things dropping on New Year’s Eve, was held at Logan’s crossroads store, Clay’s Corner. Aaron Moody, charlotteobserver, "NC’s controversial ‘Possum Drop’ isn’t playing dead. It’s over, report says.," 6 Jan. 2018 Rethinking bail Bail in California’s courts is at a crossroads, with pivotal decisions awaiting voters and state courts. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Where not to live in an S.F. disaster movie," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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