crossroad

noun
cross·​road | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌrōd How to pronounce crossroad (audio) 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 How to pronounce crossroad (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web But experts say a patchwork approach to police reform has left the nation at a critical crossroad with no clear path forward. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 The Indiana Fever entered the 2021 season at a crossroad. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2021 Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, is a unique crossroad of cultures. Darren Humphreys, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2021 The Huntsville product face another crossroad after last season when the NBA Draft was an option. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2021 Leigh Chapman, a lawyer with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which filed a brief supporting the challengers, said the Supreme Court faced a crossroad. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Feb. 2021 Leigh Chapman, a lawyer with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which filed a brief supporting the challengers, said the Supreme Court faced a crossroad. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 In another life, the fourth-century B.C. likeness stood at a crossroad or gate, where ancient Greeks could appeal to its subject, the patron god of travelers and merchants, to ensure their safe passage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2020 And Martin’s sentiments reflect those felt by chefs and restaurants across the country who have been confronted by the same crossroad: evolve or die. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Crossroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossroad. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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crossroad

noun

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

crossroad

noun
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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