) KEY NOUN:
- often Crusade Any of the military expeditions undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.
- A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
- A vigorous concerted movement for a cause or against an abuse. See Synonyms at campaign.
- To engage in a crusade.
, and Spanish cruzada
both ultimately from Latin crux, cruc-
, crossOTHER FORMS:cru·sader(Noun)