plural noun

cross·​trees ˈkrȯs-(ˌ)trēz How to pronounce crosstrees (audio)
: two horizontal crosspieces of timber or metal that spread the upper shrouds of a ship in order to support the mast

Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crosstrees was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Crosstrees.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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