What does curfew mean?

Definitions for curfew
ˈkɜr fyucur·few

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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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. curfew(Noun)

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

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

  3. curfew(Noun)

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

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

  4. curfew(Noun)

    The time when such restriction begins.

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

  5. curfew(Noun)

    A signal indicating this time.

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

  6. curfew(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. courfew, curfu, fr. OF. cuevrefu, covrefeu, F. couvre-feu; covrir to cover + feu fire, fr. L. focus fireplace, hearth. See Cover, and Focus.]

  2. Curfew(noun)

    a utensil for covering the fire

    Etymology: [OE. courfew, curfu, fr. OF. cuevrefu, covrefeu, F. couvre-feu; covrir to cover + feu fire, fr. L. focus fireplace, hearth. See Cover, and Focus.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curfew

    kur′fū, n. in feudal times the ringing of a bell at eight o'clock, as a signal to put out all fires and lights. [O. Fr. covrefeu; couvrir, to cover, feu, fire—L. focus.]

Editors Contribution

  1. curfew

    Set time and place when all humans should be inside/at home including people driving cars.

    Submitted by rinat on May 31, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curfew in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curfew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of curfew in a Sentence

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    I gave my smile its liberty, with no curfew nor bounds.

  2. Sandeep Chattoo:

    We are taking care to ensure that the family members of the players are given curfew passes in Kashmir and their welfare looked after, this will help restore the players' confidence in the team management.

  3. Tulsa Police:

    We understand that many people are unaware that a curfew will be in place and barricades are still in the process of being setup, if we find anyone in violation of the Executive Order this evening, we will request that they leave the area based on the curfew. If people refuse to leave the area, they may be cited or arrested.

  4. Judd Deere:

    The perimeter was expanded to help enforce the 7 p.m. curfew in the same area where rioters attempted to burn down one of our nations most historic churches the night before. Protesters were given three warnings by the U.S. Park Police.

  5. Willy Lam:

    Even though the mask ban is just a small move under the Emergency Ordinance, it is a dangerous first step. If the anti-mask legislation proves to be ineffective, it could lead the way to more draconian measures such as a curfew and other infringement of civil liberties.

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