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[kar-uh-foo r, kar-uh-foo r]
  1. a crossroads; road junction.
  2. a public square, plaza; marketplace.
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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
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Historical Examples of carrefour

  • The voices came nearer; two people were approaching the carrefour.


    Robert W. Chambers

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


    Robert W. Chambers

  • From the carrefour Jack turned to the left straight into the heart of the forest.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for carrefour


  1. a rare word for crossroads
  2. a public square, esp one at the intersection of several roads
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Word Origin for carrefour

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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