cross·​town ˈkrȯs-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce crosstown (audio)
: situated at opposite points of a town
crosstown schools
: extending or running across a town
a crosstown street
a crosstown bus

Example Sentences

The two schools were crosstown rivals in baseball. We rode a crosstown bus.
Recent Examples on the Web The Patriots improved to 18-9 overall and 4-2 in Area 8 with the win over crosstown rival James Clemens on Friday. al, 30 Jan. 2023 Boston University men’s hockey team defeated its crosstown rival Boston College, 6-3, before 6,150 at Agganis Arena Friday night., 27 Jan. 2023 Before its come-from-ahead defeat to its crosstown rival, UCLA dropped a 58-52 decision at Arizona that ended its 14-game winning streak. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2023 Anthony Nimani, Platt: Nimani scored a career-high 44 points in an 89-74 win over crosstown rival Maloney Friday. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 23 Jan. 2023 As today's family car of choice, three-row SUVs are sentenced to live out much of their days doing just this kind of duty, along with road trips, car pools, and the occasional crosstown move. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 17 Jan. 2023 Kimbrel was in his third season with the Chicago Cubs when he was involved in a crosstown trade that sent him to the Chicago White Sox on July 30, 2021. Mark Inabinett |, al, 23 Dec. 2022 Tyler Anderson darted for the crosstown Angels in free agency and Walker Buehler will likely miss the entire 2023 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery which opened a spot in their rotation. James O’connell, Hartford Courant, 15 Dec. 2022 The rings, Josh insisted, were delicious, but none stood up to the rigors of crosstown traffic. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crosstown was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Crosstown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


cross·​town ˈkrȯ-ˈstau̇n How to pronounce crosstown (audio)
: being on different sides of a town
schools that are crosstown rivals
: going across a town
a crosstown bus
crosstown adverb
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