carrefour

noun

car·​re·​four ˌker-ə-ˈfu̇r How to pronounce carrefour (audio)
ˌka-rə-
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: square, plaza
the farmers … preferred the open carrefour for their transactionsThomas Hardy

Examples of carrefour in a Sentence

our hotel in Montreal was adjacent to a noisy carrefour
Recent Examples on the Web But in carrefours all over the world, migrants talk to each other in this way, trading hope, disappointment, tenacity, pain. Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic, 25 June 2019 Youssouf, who’s been in Spain for 14 years, calls Lepe a carrefour, a crossroads. Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic, 25 June 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French, from Late Latin quadrifurcum, neuter of quadrifurcus having four forks, from Latin quadri- + furca fork

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carrefour was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Carrefour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrefour. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition

Carrefour

geographical name

Carre·​four ˌkär-ˈfu̇r How to pronounce Carrefour (audio)
residential city west of Port-au-Prince in southern Haiti population 430,000

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