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

 

pelican crossing

 noun
noun
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
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 Origin 1960s: pelican from pe(destrian) li(ght) con(trolled), altered to conform with the bird's name.