AskDefine | Define crossroads

Dictionary Definition



1 a community of people smaller than a village [syn: hamlet]
2 a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made; "at that juncture he had no idea what to do"; "he must be made to realize that the company stands at a critical point" [syn: juncture, critical point]
3 a point where a choice must be made; "Freud's work stands at the crossroads between psychology and neurology"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Plural of crossroad
  2. a place where roads meet; an intersection
  3. In the context of "by extension": a centrally located position
  4. a decisive point; a turning point

Derived terms


decisive turning point

Extensive Definition

Crossroads or Cross roads may refer to:
  • Crossroads (culture), an intersection of roads. This meaning is used metaphorically as a place where other things - both physical and abstract - meet.
It can be used both with a singular and with a plural meaning, i.e. to be at a crossroads, the crossroads are...


  • Crossroads, the first single from the above album

TV, radio and film

Place names

United States


Crossroads, Mississippi, an unincorporated community in Pearl River County


Shopping malls

Outside the United States

Other uses

See also

crossroads in German: Crossroads
crossroads in French: Crossroads
crossroads in Italian: Crossroads
crossroads in Hebrew: צומת
crossroads in Dutch: Crossroads
crossroads in Japanese: クロスロード
crossroads in Swedish: Crossroads (olika betydelser)
crossroads in Volapük: Cross Roads

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

climacteric, clutch, convergence of events, country town, crisis, critical juncture, critical point, crucial period, crunch, emergency, exigency, extremity, ham, hamlet, hinge, pass, pinch, push, rub, strait, thorp, turn, turning point, village, wick
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