[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carrefour


/ (ˈkærəˌfɔː) /


a rare word for crossroads
a public square, esp one at the intersection of several roads

Word Origin for carrefour

C15: from Old French quarrefour, ultimately from Latin quadrifurcus having four forks
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