Definition of cross noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krɒs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɔːs//
    Soccer, Religious items
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    mark on paper
  1. 1  [countable] a mark or an object formed by two lines crossing each other (X or +); the mark (X) is often used on paper to show something I've put a cross on the map to show where the hotel is. Put a tick if the answer is correct and a cross if it's wrong. Sign your name on the form where I've put a cross. Those who could not write signed with a cross. Put a cross beside the name of the candidate you wish to vote for. see also noughts and crosses compare tick
  2. for punishment
  3. 2[countable] a long vertical piece of wood with a shorter piece across it near the top. In the past people were hung on crosses and left to die as a punishment.
  4. Christian symbol
  5. 3 the Cross [singular] the cross that Jesus Christ died on, used as a symbol of Christianity See related entries: Religious items
  6. 4   [countable] an object, a design, a piece of jewellery, etc. in the shape of a cross, used as a symbol of Christianity She wore a small gold cross on a chain around her neck.
  7. medal
  8. 5(also Cross) [countable] a small decoration in the shape of a cross that is given to somebody as an honour for doing something very brave
  9. mixture
  10. 6[countable, usually singular] cross (between A and B) a mixture of two different things, breeds of animal, etc. The play was a cross between a farce and a tragedy. A mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey. see also hybrid
  11. in sport
  12. 7[countable] (in football (soccer ) or hockey) a kick or hit of the ball across the field rather than up or down it See related entries: Soccer
  13. see also Red Cross
    Word Originlate Old English (in the sense ‘monument in the form of a cross’): from Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin crux.Extra examples He was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. She wore a gold cross on a chain around her neck. The grave was marked with a stone cross. The priest blessed her, and made the sign of the cross over her. a deep cross from Beckham a painting of Christ on the crossIdioms
    have a (heavy) cross to bear
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    to have a difficult problem that makes you worried or unhappy but that you have to deal with We all have our crosses to bear.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cross