Definition of pelican crossing in English:
(In the UK) a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights operated by pedestrians.
- The elderly find it dangerous to cross the road at a pelican crossing or a zebra crossing because of speeding vehicles.
- Residents believe a pelican crossing should replace a zebra crossing on that stretch of road.
- I think a pelican crossing on a dual carriageway would be extremely dangerous and a bridge would encourage youths to throw things at cars.
1960s: pelican from pe(destrian) li(ght) con(trolled), altered to conform with the bird's name.