crossroad

[kraws-rohd, kros-]
noun
1.
a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads.
2.
a by-road.
3.
Often, crossroads. (used with a singular or plural verb)
a.
the place where roads intersect.
b.
a point at which a vital decision must be made.
c.
a main center of activity.

Origin:
1710–20; cross- + road

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crossroad (ˈkrɒsˌrəʊd)
 
n
1.  a road that crosses another road
2.  Also called: crossway a road that crosses from one main road to another

crossroads (ˈkrɒsˌrəʊdz)
 
n
1.  an area or the point at which two or more roads cross each other
2.  the point at which an important choice has to be made (esp in the phrase at the crossroads)

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crossroads
1795, in fig. 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.

crossroad
1719, from cross (adj.) + road.
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Example sentences
But he seemed to have recognized that advertising itself was at a crossroads.
But a swelling army of beggars badgers drivers at crossroads.
His career is now at a crossroads, and he does not have long to decide which
  path to follow.
It's at the crossroads of a high diversity of fish, corals, and invertebrates.
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