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[kraws-rohd, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌroʊd, ˈkrɒs-/
a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads.
a by-road.
Often, crossroads. (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the place where roads intersect.
  2. a point at which a vital decision must be made.
  3. a main center of activity.
Origin of crossroad
1710-20; cross- + road Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jemima had driven down to the crossroads store for some pressing necessity of the sewing-room.

    Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • He prevailed upon him to take me in his wagon as far as a crossroads where I was to be left.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I am honest, and fear no man, and I say that Motier has long been at the crossroads.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • They came to a crossroads and a sudden stop at one and the same moment.

  • At a crossroads stood an old brick house, an ancient rarity upon a landscape white-spotted with wooden cottages.

British Dictionary definitions for crossroads


noun (functioning as sing)
an area or the point at which two or more roads cross each other
the point at which an important choice has to be made (esp in the phrase at the crossroads)


noun (US & Canadian)
a road that crosses another road
Also called crossway. a road that crosses from one main road to another
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Word Origin and History for crossroads

1795, in figurative sense of "a turning point, a moment of decision;" from crossroad. In U.S., used for "a crossroads and little more; small, dull town" by 1845.



1719, from cross (adj.) + road.

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