cul-de-sac

noun \ ˈkəl-di-ˌsak , ˈku̇l- ; ˌkəl-di-ˈsak , ˌku̇l- \

Definition of cul-de-sac

plural culs-de-sac play \ˈkəl(z)-di-ˌsak, ˈku̇l(z)-; ˌkəl(z)-di-ˈsak, ˌku̇l(z)-\ also cul-de-sacs play \ˈkəl-di-ˌsaks, ˈku̇l-; ˌkəl-di-ˈsaks, ˌku̇l-\
1 : a blind diverticulum or pouch
2 : a street or passage closed at one end
  • Our house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac.
3 : blind alley
  • If your job is a cul-de-sac, you have to quit or accept the fact that your career is over.
  • —Seth Godin

Origin and Etymology of cul-de-sac

French, literally, bottom of the bag


CUL-DE-SAC Defined for English Language Learners

cul-de-sac

noun

Definition of cul-de-sac for English Language Learners

  • : a street that is designed to connect to another street only at one end


Medical Dictionary

cul-de-sac

noun \ ˈkəl-di-ˌsak, ˈku̇l-; ˌkəl-di-ˈ, ˌku̇l- \

medical Definition of cul-de-sac

plural culs-de-sac \ˈkəl(z)-, ˈku̇l(z)-, ˌkəl(z)-, ˌku̇l(z)-\ also cul-de-sacs \-ˌsaks, -ˈsaks\
1 : a blind diverticulum or pouch; also : the closed end of such a pouch


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