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curfew

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noun cur·few \ˈkər-(ˌ)fyü\

Simple Definition of curfew

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curfew

  1. 1 :  the sounding of a bell at evening

  2. 2 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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


CURFEW Defined for Kids

curfew

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noun cur·few \ˈkər-ˌfyü\

Definition of curfew for Students

  1. :  a rule requiring certain or all people to be off the streets or at home at a stated time




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