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

Examples of crosstown in a Sentence

The two schools were crosstown rivals in baseball. We rode a crosstown bus.
Recent Examples on the Web Perry’s commitment represented a second major triumph for UCLA over its crosstown rival after USC small forward Kobe Johnson announced his transfer to the Bruins earlier this spring. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 The crosstown rivals are running it back on the beach. Staff and News Service Reports, Orange County Register, 6 May 2024 Castro Valley dropped to 11-6-1, 1-2-1. Palo Alto 17, Gunn 1 Palo Alto routed its crosstown rival Gunn on Wednesday afternoon, turning 21 hits into 17 runs. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 17 Apr. 2024 The highlight of Erskine’s career probably came in Game 3 of the 1953 World Series against the Dodgers’ other crosstown nemesis, the New York Yankees. Russ Stanton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 When Milan and crosstown rival FC Internazionale (Inter) met for a rare matchup in Europe’s Champions League last May, soccer commentators marveled at the atmosphere fans created in the stadium. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2024 Short-handed, yet never counted out No. 10 130-125 vs. Clippers Nov. 1 The Lakers withstood 73 points from Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, got huge minutes from Christian Wood off their bench and beat their crosstown rivals for the first time since The Bubble season. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 Los Blancos have the highest cap in La Liga at $786 million (€727 million), which further drills home the different economic moments Spain's two biggest outfits find themselves in, while their crosstown foes Atletico Madrid enjoy the second highest of around $328 million (€303 million). Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The Trojans won for the first time against their crosstown rivals in the Pac-10/12 tournament after losing four postseason matchups to the Bruins. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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