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[kar-uh-foo r, kar-uh-foo r] /ˈkær əˌfʊər, ˌkær əˈfʊər/
a crossroads; road junction.
a public square, plaza; marketplace.
Origin of carrefour
1475-85; < French; earlier quarefour, Middle French quarrefour < Late Latin quadrifurcum, neuter of quadrifurcus with four forks, equivalent to quadri- quadri- + -furcus -forked, adj. derivative of furcus, furca fork Unabridged
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  • The voices came nearer; two people were approaching the carrefour.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • And now he passed the carrefour where he and Lorraine had first met.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • From the carrefour Jack turned to the left straight into the heart of the forest.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • The carrefour whence it started was the busiest spot of the whole district.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • It is so easy to take a wrong turning at the cross-roads of life, and assuredly Denise stood at a carrefour now.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • The hounds are unleashed and sent forward, while at the carrefour, the noise dies down to a murmur or an expectant hush.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • The cab went on again, and as soon as it reached the carrefour Lafayette, set off down-hill, and entered the station at a gallop.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • At the same moment he turned the corner; the carrefour lay before him, overgrown, silent, deserted.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • For fully ten minutes neither spoke, and then the horses slackened their pace upon the carrefour du Bout des Lacs.

    Running Sands Reginald Wright Kauffman
British Dictionary definitions for carrefour


a rare word for crossroads
a public square, esp one at the intersection of several roads
Word Origin
C15: from Old French quarrefour, ultimately from Latin quadrifurcus having four forks
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Word Origin and History for carrefour

late 15c., "place where four ways meet," from Old French carrefor (13c., quarrefour), from Latin quadrifurcus "four-forked," from quatuor "four" (see four) + furca "fork" (see fork (n.)). "Formerly quite naturalized, but now treated only as French" [OED]. Englished variant carfax is from Middle English carfourkes.

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