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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.
1710-20; cross- + road Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crossroad
  • The route is a haunting shape-shifter, splintering into paths toward small crossroad communities and offbeat sights.
  • Villagers hold a large exorcism-celebration at the main village crossroad.
  • History has led us to a new crossroad, with new promise and new peril.
  • crossroad ramp terminal and intersection input data screen.
  • Possible wrong-way entry on the ramps from the crossroad must be addressed.
  • Current and expected traffic volume on the crossroad.
  • On the crossroad of two major highways, our central location is convenient for tourism and business.
  • The new crossroad pipes will enhance drainage and improve safety.
British Dictionary definitions for crossroad


noun (US & Canadian)
a road that crosses another road
Also called crossway. a road that crosses from one main road to another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crossroad

1719, from cross (adj.) + road.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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