cul-de-sac

noun

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)-
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

Word History

Etymology

French, literally, bottom of the bag

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cul-de-sac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cul-de-sac. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

1
: a blind diverticulum or pouch
also : the closed end of such a pouch
2

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