Definition of pelican crossing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


pelican crossing

BrE BrE//ˌpelɪkən ˈkrɒsɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpelɪkən ˈkrɔːsɪŋ//
Controlling traffic
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(in Britain) a place on a road where you can stop the traffic and cross by operating a set of traffic lights See related entries: Controlling traffic Word Origin1960s: pelican from pe(destrian) li(ght) con(trolled), altered to conform with the bird's name.