Meaning of “cross-legged” in the English Dictionary

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"cross-legged" in British English

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cross-leggedadverb

uk /ˌkrɒsˈleɡd/ /ˌkrɒsˈleɡ.ɪd/ us /ˌkrɑːsˈleɡd/ /ˌkrɑːsˈleɡ.ɪd/

Examples from literature

  • Eric and the Wind Children sat cross-legged and waited. 
  • Even the Buddha himself, cross-legged and imperturbable, had to sit for his portrait. 
  • He found the old man sitting cross-legged on a mat in the dirty, almost bare apartment. 
  • I found him in a simple room, sitting cross-legged in a window recess from which he can see the temple roofs and the lofty mountains and the sinful town in the valley. 
  • The old woman sat down cross-legged by the charcoal, and began to fan it. 

(Definition of “cross-legged” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cross-legged" in American English

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cross-leggedadverb [ not gradable ]

/ˈkrɔsˌleɡ·ɪd, -ˌleɡd/

in a position with both legs bent, one resting under the other:

She sits cross-legged with her feet buried in the sand.

(Definition of “cross-legged” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)