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
Full Definition of curfew
1 : the sounding of a bell at evening
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
The teens were stopped by police for violating the curfew.
The city ordered a curfew soon after the rioting started.
The town was placed under curfew.
No one is allowed on the streets during the curfew.
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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CURFEW Defined for Kids
Definition of curfew for Students
: a rule requiring certain or all people to be off the streets or at home at a stated time
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