cross·​walk | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌwȯk How to pronounce crosswalk (audio) \

Definition of crosswalk

: a specially paved or marked path for pedestrians crossing a street or road

Examples of crosswalk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To warn drivers of the crosswalks ahead of them, flashing yellow lights are now suspended from overhead beams. David Lyons,, "There’s hope for the traffic gridlock at Fort Lauderdale’s airport," 23 Nov. 2019 Ricky Wilkinson, general services director for the city of Huntsville, said the contract also includes traffic improvements at the parking garage at Lincoln Street and Holmes Avenue as well as decorative streetscape, repaving and crosswalks. Paul Gattis |, al, "Council approves $14 million parking deck in downtown Huntsville," 22 Nov. 2019 Corden cast himself in the role of Elsa for the first portion of the production, which involves taking over crosswalks in Los Angeles during red lights and then frantically fleeing to the sidewalk before getting hit by oncoming traffic. Nick Romano,, "Frozen cast 'Let It Go' into the streets with James Corden's Crosswalk Theater," 21 Nov. 2019 Uber's self-driving software wasn't designed to expect that pedestrians outside crosswalks may be crossing the street. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Feds blame distracted test driver in Uber self-driving car death," 19 Nov. 2019 The crosswalk warning lights were still flashing when the victim crossed from the other direction, not slowing down despite seeing a vehicle about to hit him. Tiffini Theisen,, "Florida man who biked into path of car, got hit, won’t be charged," 18 Nov. 2019 Allowing delivery drivers to reserve curb space significantly cuts the number who double-park or block bike lanes and crosswalks, according to a study of a three-month pilot program in the District. Washington Post, "Study: Allowing delivery drivers to reserve curb space reduces double-parking," 17 Nov. 2019 The man, who was not within a crosswalk, improperly crossed the road in his personal mobility scooter when he was hit by a 2005 Ford Taurus. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Man on scooter dies after being hit by car in Troy," 15 Nov. 2019 But if widespread automated enforcement generates new revenue, the city’s underfunded street safety program could use it to build sidewalks, install better crosswalks and make intersections safer. Andy Bosselman, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: To save lives, Denver must commit to more red-light cameras," 15 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crosswalk.' 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 crosswalk

1671, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about crosswalk

Time Traveler for crosswalk

Time Traveler

The first known use of crosswalk was in 1671

See more words from the same year

Statistics for crosswalk

Last Updated

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crosswalk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for crosswalk


How to pronounce crosswalk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crosswalk

US : a marked path where people can safely walk across a street or road


cross·​walk | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌwȯk How to pronounce crosswalk (audio) \

Kids Definition of crosswalk

: a specially marked path for people to walk across a street

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on crosswalk

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with crosswalk

Spanish Central: Translation of crosswalk

Nglish: Translation of crosswalk for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of crosswalk for Arabic Speakers

Comments on crosswalk

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


contradictory or incongruous words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

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!