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

cross

2 noun
     
Related topics: Sport, Other Sports, Military, Education
cross2 S3 W3 [countable]
1

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.
2

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
cross
3

Christian sign

a)

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.
4

punishment

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
5

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.
6

sport

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.
7

problem

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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