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crossroad (n.)

also cross-road, 1680s, "road that crosses from one main road to another;" 1719 as "one of two or more roads that cross each other," from cross- + road. Meaning "place where two roads cross each other" is by 1808. Figurative sense "a turning point, a moment of decision" is from 1733.

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crossroads (n.)

plural of crossroad (q.v.). By 1795 in the figurative sense of "a turning point, a moment of decision;" earlier than the literal sense "point where two roads intersect." Formerly the prescribed burial place for suicides. In U.S., used for "a crossroads and little more; small, dull town" by 1845.

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crossway (n.)

also cross-way, c. 1300, "a crossroad," from cross- + way (n.). Crossways (adv.) "crosswise, transversely," with adverbial genitive -s, is from c. 1300.

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