Definition of woonerf in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvuːnəːf/

noun (plural woonerven /ˈvuːnəːv(ə)n/ or woonerfs)

A road in which devices for reducing or slowing the flow of traffic have been installed.
Example sentences
  • The first set of minimum design standards and traffic regulations for the woonerf was adopted and legalized by the Dutch government in 1976.
  • Residential streets would be developed on the Dutch woonerf concept as part of the living space for local residents and children-and only secondarily serve as roadways for local access, temporary parking, and emergency vehicles.
  • In 1998, the British government adopted a ‘Home Zones’ initiative - the woonerf equivalent - as part of its national transportation policy.


1970s: from Dutch, from wonen 'reside' + erf 'premises, ground'.

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Line breaks: woo|nerf

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