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curtail

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[ ker-teyl ]
/ kərˈteɪl /
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verb (used with object)
to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
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Origin of curtail

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First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English curtailen “to restrict” (said of royal succession or inheritance), probably a conflation of Middle French courtau(l)d (see curtal) and Middle English taillen “to cut” (see taille, tailor1)

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Other definitions for curtail (2 of 2)

curtail2
[ kur-teyl ]
/ ˈkɜrˌteɪl /

noun Architecture.
a horizontal, spiral termination to the lower end of a stair railing.
Also called curtail step . a starting step having a scroll termination to one or both ends of the tread.

Origin of curtail

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Probably alteration, by folk etymology, of curtal
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British Dictionary definitions for curtail

curtail
/ (kɜːˈteɪl) /

verb
(tr) to cut short; abridge

Derived forms of curtail

curtailer, nouncurtailment, noun

Word Origin for curtail

C16: changed (through influence of tail 1) from obsolete curtal to dock; see curtal
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