noun \ˈkər-(ˌ)fyü\

: an order or law that requires people to be indoors after a certain time at night

: the period of time when such an order or law is in effect

: the time set by a parent at which a child has to be back home after going out

Full Definition of CURFEW

:  the sounding of a bell at evening
a :  a regulation enjoining the withdrawal of usually specified persons (as juveniles or military personnel) from the streets or the closing of business establishments or places of assembly at a stated hour
b :  a signal to announce the beginning of a curfew
c :  the hour at which a curfew becomes effective
d :  the period during which a curfew is in effect

Examples of CURFEW

  1. The teens were stopped by police for violating the curfew.
  2. The city ordered a curfew soon after the rioting started.
  3. The town was placed under curfew.
  4. No one is allowed on the streets during the curfew.
  5. He has a 10 o'clock curfew.

Origin of CURFEW

Middle English, from Anglo-French coverfeu, signal given to bank the hearth fire, curfew, from coverir to cover + fu, feu fire, from Latin focus hearth
First Known Use: 14th century


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