1. directed or proceeding over fields, through woods, etc., rather than on a road or path: a cross-country race.
  2. from one end of the country to the other: a cross-country flight.

noun, plural cross-coun·tries.

  1. a cross-country sport or race.

adjective, adverb

  1. by way of fields, woods, etc, as opposed to roadscross-country running
  2. across a countrya cross-country railway


  1. 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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