Definition of crossroads in US English:

crossroads

noun

  • 1An intersection of two or more roads.

    • ‘He said they were also conducting a feasibility study into the possibility of replacing the crossroads with a full-sized roundabout.’
    • ‘The report outlines that advance warning should be given to alert motorists that the crossroads is now a T-junction.’
    • ‘They followed the path and then road till its first crossroads.’
    • ‘Police said the Citroën Saxo was travelling along the A19 towards Selby when the driver lost control and left the road on a humpbacked bridge next to the crossroads.’
    • ‘After the bridge, follow the road to the right up to the crossroads with the main road.’
    • ‘Other newcomers might recognise some of the crossroads and roundabouts I have found myself anxiously negotiating on the journey so far.’
    • ‘At roundabouts, zebra crossings, crossroads and traffic lights, rear-end shunts can cause serious injury and, in some extreme cases, death.’
    • ‘And the system doesn't always pick up on mini-roundabouts and crossroads where you need to go straight on and so doesn't give you any directions there.’
    • ‘The ‘pinch points’ have been identified at major motorway junctions, congested dual carriageway roundabouts and crossroads.’
    • ‘Then he turned his horse towards the crossroads.’
    • ‘Villagers are to be given the chance to have their say over £1.8m plans to reduce the death toll at a crossroads where two major roads meet near Selby.’
    • ‘Police sealed off the traffic-light-controlled crossroads for more than two hours, causing tailbacks as rush-hour traffic was diverted.’
    • ‘He analysed accidents at urban priority crossroads and staggered intersections.’
    • ‘The junction involves a tight crossroads just north of a bridge over the River Aire.’
    • ‘He then found himself lost and confused once again, as if on a path of winding roads and crossroads.’
    • ‘Ignore tracks to the left and right but keep to the main access road which bears right and climbs gradually to the lane crossroads.’
    • ‘The pilot slammed on the brakes and came to a halt two thirds of the way down the runway, turned full circle and headed towards a crossroads in the tarmac.’
    • ‘Many of the deaths have resulted from conflicts with local traffic at crossroads and junctions along the single carriageway sections.’
    • ‘He says people dash out in front of traffic at the busy crossroads, impatient for the pedestrian green light to show.’
    • ‘There are no teachers to check on progress, and only a few mothers at some crossroads to oversee road crossing.’
    crossing, intersection, interchange, t-junction, box junction, gyratory
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    1. 1.1 A point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences.
      ‘we stand again at a historic crossroads’
      • ‘I think today our nation is at the crossroads where a serious reflection on the direction of our policies is a matter of uttermost urgency.’
      • ‘At the crossroads of a profound and complex political crisis, a new cabinet is finally formed.’
      • ‘It is now at the crossroads of its existence.’
      • ‘Logistics in the automotive industry is at a crossroads.’
      • ‘Its amazing: I am at the crossroads of my life again.’
      • ‘Scotland's optoelectronics industry stands at the crossroads.’
      • ‘Well we're definitely at the crossroads.’
      • ‘There she sits in her car, at the crossroads of her life.’
      • ‘He said that he believes that the industry is ‘at an important crossroads with our customers.’’
      • ‘American poetry is at something of a crossroads, and the roads leading there are jammed with traffic.’
      • ‘Last fall, when they were at the crossroads, he went to a conference for greenhouse growers in Arizona and returned with new ideas and techniques on raising tomatoes.’
      • ‘Now he finds himself standing at the crossroads once again.’
      • ‘To use a much cited cliche, we are at the crossroads.’
      • ‘With competition from regional clubs becoming stronger every year, they stand at the crossroads as they look to plot their path for a secure future.’
      • ‘But then there was a time when he found himself at the crossroads - mainstream cinema was not accepting him and his versatility was not finding any creative route to expression.’
      • ‘At age twenty four life really is at the crossroads.’
      • ‘Thus, without a word of dialogue or a note of music, he has conveyed the change that this woman is about to undergo at the crossroads of her life.’
      • ‘He has, through his music and work, been at the crossroads of all the major developments in Irish Traditional Music spanning the last three decades.’
      • ‘He saw journalism at a crossroads, and urged news directors to take the higher road.’
      • ‘Her refusal to meet him after working hours sparks off a situation where she finds herself at the crossroads - shall I choose career or self-respect?’
      critical point, decisive point, turning point, critical period, crux, climax, climacteric, culmination, height, head, moment of truth, zero hour, point of no return, rubicon
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    2. 1.2crossroadNorth American A road that crosses a main road or joins two main roads.
      • ‘As we returned from our journey we found them halfway down the hill, waiting patiently if anxiously for us at a crossroad in the path.’
      • ‘They seem to end in odd places, for example, at the crossroad off the roundabout on Epsom Road.’
      • ‘They stood there watching the river run past, not even dampening the crossroad that lay beyond its borders.’
      • ‘As he approached the crossroad again, he saw some men ran past him.’
      • ‘I decided I better keep walking forward until I came to a crossroad.’
      • ‘Each one jogged down the road to the four-way crossroad.’
      • ‘As it approached the crossroad, a truck loaded with sugarcane pulled out, blocking the road.’
      • ‘The support site was built above an ancient Roman crossroad.’
      • ‘Turning left as I came to a crossroad, I caught a glimpse of my parent's cosy home before going down the steep hill.’
      • ‘I turned toward the voice when I came to a crossroad at the footpath.’
      • ‘They came to another crossroad and making a quick turn they found themselves being led into a rocky cavern.’
      • ‘I live near the Four Lane Ends crossroad at the top of Shear Brow and daily around 8.30 am I see hundreds of cars pour into Blackburn with only one person in the car.’
      • ‘Rebecca pointed out her driveway beyond the next crossroad.’
      • ‘As they turned right at a corner the road widened and a crossroad loomed out from the darkness, the same one they had passed that morning.’
      • ‘They approached the first crossroad and turned right, the road soon becoming smoother and wider as the trees started to thin.’
      • ‘He chose to photograph a crossroad in Pretoria.’
      • ‘She did so, taking the shortest routes until they reached the end of a narrow street and emerged onto a wide crossroad.’
      • ‘Campaigners will meet at noon to make a ring around the clock at the crossroad of Regent Street and The Parade.’
      • ‘There was grass on either side of the road, until they got down to the crossroad, the road split into three.’
      • ‘At a crossroad he stopped on the corner and watched a carriage approach.’

Pronunciation

crossroads

/ˈkrɔsˌroʊdz//ˈkrôsˌrōdz/