Meaning of CROSSROAD in English

ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ also ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: cross (III) + road

1. : a road that crosses a main road or runs across country between main roads

he came by way of a crossroad

2. oftenoun plural but singular or plural in construction : the place of intersection of two or more roads

traffic stalled at a crossroad

a remote crossroads hamlet

the … travelers reached a crossroads marked by a signpost — F.V.W.Mason

3. usually plural but singular or plural in construction

a. : a small community located at a crossroads and often serving as the meeting place of the inhabitants of the surrounding countryside

the small general store at any crossroads — J.M.Mogey

physicians then were to be found … even at some of the crossroads — Journal American Medical Association

b. : a central meeting place : focal point

like Broadway for showmen or Wall Street for financiers, it is a crossroads for army men — Green Peyton

England will be uncomfortable while confusion lasts in Europe for a world crossroads community — Griffin Barry

4. usually plural but singular or plural in construction : a crucial or critical point or place especially where a decision or choice must be made

it is generally realized that defense policy is at the crossroads — Lewis Hastings

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.