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[adj. kraws-kuhn-tree, kros-; n. kraws-kuhn-tree, -kuhn-, kros-] /adj. ˈkrɔsˌkʌn tri, ˈkrɒs-; n. ˈkrɔsˈkʌn tri, -ˌkʌn-, ˈkrɒs-/
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.
Origin of cross-country
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cross-country
  • 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.
  • Soccer, rowing, and cross-country are also growing quickly.
  • Ecologically, venison from local woods made more sense than anything shipped cross-country.
  • cross-country variation cannot simply be explained by economic variables such as interest or inflation rates.
  • We have long distance training-mostly running and cross-country skiing.
  • But visitors still enjoy snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing at the southern and northern entrances.
  • In the winter, you can cross-country ski and snowshoe here.
British Dictionary definitions for cross-country


adjective, adverb
by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roads: cross-country running
across a country: a cross-country railway
a long race held over open ground
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cross-country

also cross country, crosscountry; 1767, of roads, from cross (v.) + country, or short for across-country. Of flights, from 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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