cross·​town | \ ˈkrȯs-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce crosstown (audio) \

Definition of crosstown

1 : situated at opposite points of a town crosstown schools
2 : 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

But there are few crosstown matchups in the Houston area as intriguing. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar Consolidated, Terry resume football rivalry," 11 Sep. 2019 As for crosstown rivals Milan, their highest earner is Gianluigi Donnarumma on €6m, which in turn earns him 12th place., "Cristiano Ronaldo & Juventus Dominate List of Serie A's Highest Earners," 10 Sep. 2019 On September 1st the team faced its crosstown adversary, River Plate, in the superclásico, as contests between the sides are called. The Economist, "Blame populists, not reformers, for Argentina’s latest fiasco," 5 Sep. 2019 These longtime crosstown rivals love to run the ball. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Week 3: John Maffei’s football picks and complete schedule," 5 Sep. 2019 Both games kick off at 7 p.m. Chaparral wallops rival Desert Mountain By Dana Scott Scottsdale Chaparral sent a resounding message for bragging rights to its crosstown rival Scottsdale Desert Mountain on Friday night. Danny Shapiro, azcentral, "Arizona high school football Week 2: Game results from around the Valley," 30 Aug. 2019 In a battle of crosstown rivals, Legend scored three touchdowns in a wild back-and-forth final quarter to edge Ponderosa 28-21 on Thursday night at EchoPark Stadium. Marco Cummings, The Denver Post, "Legend takes down crosstown rival Ponderosa in wild fourth quarter," 29 Aug. 2019 Closely behind them are crosstown rivals, and domestic treble-winners, Manchester City, who boast an admirable £167,020,320 in their accounts., "FIFA 20 Career Mode Transfer Budgets for All Top European Leagues Revealed," 23 Aug. 2019 Blount and Vigor renew their crosstown rivalry known as the Battle of Prichard tonight. Ben Thomas |, al, "Watch live: Vigor at Blount in Battle of Prichard HS football rivalry," 23 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crosstown.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of crosstown

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about crosstown

Statistics for crosstown

Last Updated

15 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for crosstown

The first known use of crosstown was in 1886

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for crosstown



English Language Learners Definition of crosstown

: located on different sides of a town or city
: going across a town or city

More from Merriam-Webster on crosstown

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with crosstown

Comments on crosstown

What made you want to look up crosstown? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!