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[adjective kraws-kuhn-tree, kros-; noun kraws-kuhn-tree, -kuhn-, kros-] /adjective ˈkrɔsˌkʌn tri, ˈkrɒs-; noun ˈkrɔsˈkʌn tri, -ˌkʌn-, ˈkrɒs-/

directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road or path:
a cross-country race.
from one end of the country to the other:
a cross-country flight.
noun, plural cross-countries.
a cross-country sport or race.
adjective, adverb
by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roads: cross-country running
across a country: a cross-country railway
a long race held over open ground

also cross country, crosscountry; 1767, of roads, from cross (v.) + country, or short for across-country. Of flights, from 1909.


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