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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 crossroads
  • 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.
  • Soldiers patrol the smallest streets and stand in groups of three at crossroads.
  • The nation that can make itself the crossroads to the world will have tremendous economic and political power.
  • They have congregated around global crossroads and have benefited from the creative tension endemic in such places.
  • But even those of us who pride ourselves on never showing skepticism arrive at a crossroads sometimes.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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