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ˈkɜr fyucur·few

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curfewnoun

    the time that the curfew signal is sounded

  2. curfewnoun

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

  3. curfewnoun

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


  1. curfewnoun

    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. curfewnoun

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

  3. curfewnoun

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

  4. curfewnoun

    The time when such restriction begins.

  5. curfewnoun

    A signal indicating this time.

  6. curfewnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Curfewnoun

    An evening-peal, by which the conqueror willed, that every man should rake up his fire, and put out his light; so that in many places at this day, where a bell is customarily rung towards bed time, it is said to ring curfew. John Cowell

    Etymology: couvre feu, French.

    You whose pastime
    Is to make midnight mushrooms, that rejoice
    To hear the solemn curfew. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Oft on a plat of rising ground,
    I hear the far off curfew sound,
    Over some wide-water’d shoar,
    Swinging slow with sullen roar. John Milton.

    But now for pans, pots, curfews, counters and the like, the beauty will not be so much respected, so as the compound stuff is like to pass. Francis Bacon, Phys. Rem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curfewnoun

    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. Curfewnoun

    a utensil for covering the fire

  3. 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.]


  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. Adam Coogle:

    There were medical risks if( the condition) went untreated indefinitely, we got very concerned when we heard the news that the curfew was going to extend indefinitely.

  2. Republican Governor Larry Hogan:

    It's going to take a while for us to get totally back to normal, but I think lifting the curfew is a good idea.

  3. President Ernest Bai Koroma:

    I have instructed the security to institute chiefdom-level curfew and restriction on movement from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Kambia and Port Loko districts, with immediate effect.

  4. Jackie Toboroff:

    Of course no one is abiding by the curfew, they’re lawbreakers.

  5. Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson:

    The President has directed the Minister of Justice to suspend the curfew for today, Dec. 31, to allow religious leaders, churches and other religious groups to allow the watch night services, traditional in Liberian society.

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