Definition of curfew in English:
- The lists of candidates, their names and manifestos, were all but invisible and a strict curfew was imposed.
- All exits from the city were totally blocked from the morning and an indefinite curfew was imposed from 6pm.
- As with many parks around the city, a midnight curfew is imposed.
- The camp compensated by making a later curfew for those on time off.
- He walks further until one o'clock in the morning (past the curfew for apprentices) and ends up in the graveyard in Copp's Hill.
- My curfew was usually midnight, but not for dates.
Middle English (denoting a regulation requiring people to extinguish fires at a fixed hour in the evening, or a bell rung at that hour): from Old French cuevrefeu, from cuvrir 'to cover' + feu 'fire'. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.
Today a curfew is sometimes imposed during periods of emergency or conflict, as a way of keeping people off the streets, usually at night. In the Middle Ages, though, the curfew was the time by which people had to put out or cover the fire in their hearth—the objective was not to keep order but to stop houses burning down. Curfew is an Old French word, from cuvrir ‘to cover’ and feu ‘fire’.
- US English dictionary
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