cul–de–sac

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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. 1 :  a blind diverticulum or pouch

  2. 2 :  a street or passage closed at one end Our house is located on a quiet cul–de–sac.

  3. 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


First Known Use: 1738


CUL–DE–SAC Defined for English Language Learners

cul-de-sac

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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

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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)-\play also

cul–de–sacs

\-ˌsaks, -ˈsaks\play
  1. 1:  a blind diverticulum or pouch; also :  the closed end of such a pouch

  2. 2:  pouch of douglas

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