curfew

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 /ˈk3ːfjuː/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cur•few /ˈkɝfyu/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an order establishing a time after which certain regulations apply, esp. that no unauthorized persons may be outdoors or that places of public assembly must be closed:The army imposed a curfew on certain days and all evenings.
  2. a regulation requiring a person to be home at a stated time, such as one imposed by a parent on a child:Parents should establish a curfew and make sure it is obeyed.
  3. the time at which a curfew starts:must get home before my curfew.
  4. the period during which a curfew is in effect:I was out during the curfew.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
cur•few  (kûrfyo̅o̅), 
n. 
  1. an order establishing a specific time in the evening after which certain regulations apply, esp. that no civilians or other specified group of unauthorized persons may be outdoors or that places of public assembly must be closed.
  2. a regulation requiring a person to be home at a certain prescribed time, as imposed by a parent on a child.
  3. the time at which a daily curfew starts.
  4. the period during which a curfew is in effect.
  5. a signal, usually made with a bell, announcing the start of the time of restrictions under a curfew.
  6. a bell for sounding a curfew.
  7. World History(in medieval Europe) the ringing of a bell at a fixed hour in the evening as a signal for covering or extinguishing fires.
  8. a metal cover for shielding a banked or unattended fire.
Etymology:
  • Anglo-French coverfeu, Old French covrefeu literally, (it) covers (the) fire. See cover, focus
  • Middle English 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

curfew /ˈkɜːfjuː/ n
  1. an official regulation setting restrictions on movement, esp after a specific time at night
  2. the time set as a deadline by such a regulation
  3. (in medieval Europe) the ringing of a bell to prompt people to extinguish fires and lights
  4. the time at which the curfew bell was rung
  5. the bell itself
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French cuevrefeu, literally: cover the fire



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