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Definition of criss-cross adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

criss-cross

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adjective
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːs//
 
 
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[usually before noun] with many straight lines that cross each other a criss-cross pattern Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a figure of a cross preceding the alphabet in a hornbook, an old fashioned teaching aid): from Christ-cross (in the same sense in late Middle English), from Christ's cross. The form was later treated as a reduplication of cross.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: criss-cross

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