traffic cone


: a conical marker used on a road or highway (as for indicating an area under repair)

Examples of traffic cone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2023, protesters blocked off the cars with traffic cones to immobilize them. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 11 Feb. 2024 In a video shared on X (formerly known as Twitter) by News 12 New Jersey reporter Tony Caputo on Thursday, firefighters arrived at the store’s parking lot and walked through traffic cones towards the scene, which had been guarded by police cars and barrier tape. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Customers should look curbside at Terminal B for white traffic cones, directional signs and valets dressed in orange shirts with valet logos. Steve Rosen, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 He’s pulled up guns, a cherry red Vespa, empty cash registers, chairs, manhole covers, a patio umbrella, a traffic cone, wallets, a Steve Madden kitten heel and a purse with $37 inside. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 At one point, a road worker pulls a traffic cone out of Mecham's path and nearly gets hit in the process, according to the prosecutors' memo. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 29 Oct. 2023 Front-facing dashcam footage captures Mecham blowing through traffic cones, clipping signs warning of the parade ahead, then driving over a curb and onto a grassy road shoulder on Broadway-Weidler Street around 10 a.m., per court documents detailing the events of the footage. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 29 Oct. 2023 The driverless taxis have also drawn public outcry, with some residents disabling the vehicles by placing traffic cones on their hoods. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 4 Oct. 2023 Video from the scene shows traffic cones and warning signs posted around pools of tar that are covered with sand. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of traffic cone was in 1949

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“Traffic cone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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