Definitions for curfewˈkɜr fyu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cur•fewˈkɜr fyu(n.)

  1. an order establishing a time in the evening after which certain regulations apply, esp. that no unauthorized persons may be outdoors or that places of public assembly must be closed.

  2. a regulation requiring a person to be home at a stated time, as one imposed by a parent on a child.

  3. the time at which a daily curfew starts.

  4. the period during which a curfew is in effect.

  5. a signal, as the ringing of a bell, announcing the start of the time of a curfew.

  6. a bell for sounding a curfew.

  7. (in medieval Europe) the ringing of a bell at a fixed hour in the evening as a signal for covering or extinguishing fires.

    Category: Western History

Origin of curfew:

1250–1300; ME < AF coverfeu, OF covrefeu lit., (it) covers (the) fire. See cover, focus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curfew(noun)

    the time that the curfew signal is sounded

  2. curfew(noun)

    a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions

  3. curfew(noun)

    an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited


  1. curfew(Noun)

    A regulation in feudal Europe by which fires had to be covered up or put out at a certain fixed time in the evening, marked by the ringing of an evening bell.

  2. curfew(Noun)

    The evening bell, which continued to be rung in many towns after the regulation itself became obsolete.

  3. curfew(Noun)

    Any regulation requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time.

  4. curfew(Noun)

    The time when such restriction begins.

  5. curfew(Noun)

    A signal indicating this time.

  6. curfew(Noun)

    A fireplace accessory designed to bank a fire by completely covering the embers.

  7. Origin: From coeverfu and cuevre-fu (French couvre-feu), from the imperative of covrir + fu.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curfew(noun)

    the ringing of an evening bell, originally a signal to the inhabitants to cover fires, extinguish lights, and retire to rest, -- instituted by William the Conqueror; also, the bell itself

  2. Curfew(noun)

    a utensil for covering the fire


  1. Curfew

    A curfew is an order specifying a time during which certain regulations apply. Examples: ⁕An order issued by the public authorities or military insurgents requiring everyone or certain people to be indoors at certain times, often at night. It can be imposed to maintain public order, or suppress targeted groups. Curfews have long been directed at certain groups in many cities or states, such as Japanese-American university students on the West Coast of the United States during World War II, African-Americans in many towns during the time of Jim Crow laws, or people younger than a certain age in many towns of the United States since the 1980s; see below. ⁕An order by the legal guardians of a teenager to return home by a specific time, usually in the evening or night. This may apply daily, or vary with the day of the week, e.g., if the minor has to go to school the next day. ⁕A daily requirement for guests to return to their hostel before a specified time, usually in the evening or night. ⁕In baseball, a time after which a game must end, or play be suspended. For example, in the American League the curfew rule for many years decreed that no inning could begin after 1 am local time.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an order forbidding people to be in the streets after a certain hour

There's a curfew in force from ten o'clock tonight.

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