What does curfew mean?

Definitions for curfewˈkɜr fyu

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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


  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

  3. Origin: [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.]

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vanna Bonta:

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

  2. Amal Madi:

    I can't go out on a tour or talk to citizens because of the fighting and the curfew.

  3. 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.

  4. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

    Let's take our babies home and abide by the curfew. I want to thank you for understanding that we want to bring peace.

  5. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

    My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary. I believe we have reached that point today.

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