curfew

[ kur-fyoo ]
/ ˈkɜr fyu /

noun

Origin of curfew

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French coverfeu, Old French covrefeu literally, (it) covers (the) fire. See cover, focus
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curfew

/ (ˈkɜːfjuː) /

noun

an official regulation setting restrictions on movement, esp after a specific time at night
the time set as a deadline by such a regulation
(in medieval Europe)
  1. the ringing of a bell to prompt people to extinguish fires and lights
  2. the time at which the curfew bell was rung
  3. the bell itself

Word Origin for curfew

C13: from Old French cuevrefeu, literally: cover the fire
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