Topic: SPORT

Date: 900-1000
Language: Old Norse
Origin: kross, from an unrecorded Old Irish cross, from Latin crux


2 noun
cross2 S3 W3 [countable]

mixture of things

a mixture of two things, breeds, or qualities
cross between
The tour manager's role is a cross between hostess and courier.
Their dog is a cross between two well-known breeds.

mark on paper

especially British English
a) a mark (x or +) used on paper, to represent where something is, or where something should be:
I've put a cross on the map to mark where our street is.
Please sign your name by the cross.
b) SE a mark (x) used on paper to show that something that has been written or printed is not correct:
My homework got a lot more ticks than crosses.
c) a mark (x or +) used by someone who cannot write, in order to sign their name

Christian sign


the cross

the cross that Jesus Christ died on:
Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
b) CFRRC an object, picture, or mark in the shape of a cross, used as a sign of the Christian faith or for decoration:
Pauline wore a tiny gold cross.


an upright post of wood with another crossing it near the top, that people in the past were fastened to with nails and left to die on as a punishment

military award

a decoration in the shape of a cross that is given to someone as an honour, especially for military courage:
He was awarded the George Cross.


a) DS a kick or hit of the ball in a sport such as football, hockey etc, that goes across the field
b) DSO a way of hitting someone in the sport of boxing, in which your arm goes over theirs as they try to hit you:
He caught his opponent with a right cross to the chin.


if you describe something as the cross that someone has to bear, you mean it is a problem that makes them very unhappy or worried, and that continues for a long time:
I feel sorry for you, but we all have our crosses to bear.

➔ the sign of the Cross

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