\ ˈkəl-di-ˌsak How to pronounce cul-de-sac (audio) , ˈku̇l-; ˌkəl-di-ˈsak, ˌku̇l- \
plural cul-de-sacs\ ˈkəl-​di-​ˌsaks How to pronounce cul-de-sac (audio) , ˈku̇l-​ ; ˌkəl-​di-​ˈsaks , ˌku̇l-​ \ also culs-de-sac\ ˈkəl(z)-​di-​ˌsak How to pronounce cul-de-sac (audio) , ˈku̇l(z)-​ ; ˌkəl(z)-​di-​ˈsak , ˌku̇l(z)-​ \

Definition of cul-de-sac

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

First Known Use of cul-de-sac

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cul-de-sac

French, literally, bottom of the bag

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The first known use of cul-de-sac was in 1738

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“Cul-de-sac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cul-de-sac

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


\ ˈkəl-di-ˌsak, ˈku̇l-; ˌkəl-di-ˈ, ˌku̇l- How to pronounce cul-de-sac (audio) \
plural culs-de-sac\ ˈkəl(z)-​, ˈku̇l(z)-​, ˌkəl(z)-​, ˌku̇l(z)-​ How to pronounce cul-de-sac (audio) \ also cul-de-sacs\ -​ˌsaks, -​ˈsaks How to pronounce cul-de-sac (audio) \

Medical Definition of cul-de-sac

1 : a blind diverticulum or pouch also : the closed end of such a pouch

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