Definitions for cul-de-sacˈkʌl dəˈsæk, -ˌsæk, ˈkʊl-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cul-de-sacˈkʌl dəˈsæk, -ˌsæk, ˈkʊl-(n.)(pl.)culs-de-sac.

  1. a blind alley; dead-end street.

  2. any situation in which further progress is impossible.

  3. a saclike anatomical cavity or tube open at only one end, as the cecum.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of cul-de-sac:

1730–40; < F: lit., bottom of the sack


  1. cul-de-sac(Noun)

    A blind alley or dead end street.

  2. cul-de-sac(Noun)

    A circular area at the end of a dead end street to allow cars to turn around, designed so children can play on the street, with little or no through-traffic.

  3. Origin: cul-de-sac, from cul + de + sac

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cul-de-sac(noun)

    a passage with only one outlet, as a street closed at one end; a blind alley; hence, a trap

  2. Cul-de-sac(noun)

    a position in which an army finds itself with no way of exit but to the front

  3. Cul-de-sac(noun)

    any bag-shaped or tubular cavity, vessel, or organ, open only at one end


  1. Cul-de-sac

    A cul-de-sac is an expression of French origin also used in Catalan and Occitan referring to a dead end, close, no through road or court meaning dead-end street with only one inlet/outlet. While historically built for other reasons, one of its modern uses is to calm vehicle traffic.

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a street closed at one end.

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