[adj. kraws-kuhn-tree, kros-; n. kraws-kuhn-tree, -kuhn-, kros-]
directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road or path: a cross-country race.
from one end of the country to the other: a cross-country flight.
noun, plural cross-countries.
a cross-country sport or race.

1760–70 Unabridged
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adj, —adv
1.  by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roads: cross-country running
2.  across a country: a cross-country railway
3.  a long race held over open ground

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Word Origin & History

also cross country; 1767, of roads, from cross (adj.) + country. Of flights, from 1909.
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Example sentences
Head out on cross-country skis or chat with locals over wild sockeye salmon in
  the restaurant.
Another winter sport, skijoring, mixes cross-country skiing and dog mushing.
He surprised us with this huge rolling cross-country pleasure ball.
The cross-country trip is the supreme example of the journey as the destination.
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