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Meaning of CURFEW

Pronunciation:  'kurfyoo

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
  2. [n]  a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions
  3. [n]  the time that the curfew signal is sounded
 

CURFEW is a 6 letter word that starts with C.

 

 See Also: deadline, decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript, sign, signal, signaling

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cur"few\ (k?r"f?), n. [OE. courfew, curfu, fr. OF.
cuevrefu, covrefeu, F. couvre-feu; covrir to cover + feu
fire, fr. L. focus fireplace, hearth. See {Cover}, and
{Focus}.]
1. The ringing of an evening bell, originally a signal to the
   inhabitants to cover fires, extinguish lights, and retire
   to rest, -- instituted by William the Conqueror; also, the
   bell itself.

         He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
                                               --Shak.

         The village curfew, as it tolled profound.
                                               --Campbell.

2. A utensil for covering the fire. [Obs.]

         For pans, pots, curfews, counters and the like.
                                               --Bacon.

 

 

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