Definition of Curfew

1. Noun. The time that the curfew signal is sounded.

Generic synonyms: Deadline



2. Noun. A signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions.
Generic synonyms: Sign, Signal, Signaling

3. Noun. An order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited.
Generic synonyms: Decree, Edict, Fiat, Order, Rescript
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Curfew

1. n. The ringing of an evening bell, originally a signal to the inhabitants to cover fires, extinguish lights, and retire to rest, -- instituted by William the Conqueror; also, the bell itself.

Definition of Curfew

1. Noun. (historical) A regulation in feudal Europe by which fires had to be covered up or put out at a certain fixed time in the evening, marked by the ringing of an evening bell. ¹

2. Noun. The evening bell, which continued to be rung in many towns after the regulation itself became obsolete. ¹

3. Noun. Any regulation requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time. ¹

4. Noun. The time when such restriction begins. ¹

5. Noun. A signal indicating this time. ¹

6. Noun. A fireplace accessory designed to bank a fire by completely covering the embers. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Curfew

1. a regulation concerning the hours which one may keep [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Curfew

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curfew (current term)
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Literary usage of Curfew

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1851)
"in Yorkshire, the custom of ringing the curfew existed in the year 1824. It may have been discontinued since that year, but I do not know that it has. ..."

2. Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archeological Society by James Simpson, Richard Saul Ferguson, William Gershom Collingwood (1878)
"A desperate feud was the result—war to the knife, it was said ; but the decree was reversed, and, after a year's silence, now again " The curfew tolls the ..."

3. The Classic and the Beautiful from the Literature of Three Thousand Years by Henry Coppée (1893)
"curfew must not ring to-night !" "Bessie," calmly spoke the sexton—every word pierced her young heart Like a thousand gleaming arrows, like a deadly ..."

4. Center of the Storm: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District by Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch (Organization) (2001)
"The Israeli authorities claim that the curfew is imposed only in response to ... Noam Tivon has explicitly linked the use of the curfew and other punitive ..."

5. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1851)
"in Yorkshire, the custom of ringing the curfew existed in the year 1824. It may have been discontinued since that year, but I do not know that it has. ..."

6. Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archeological Society by James Simpson, Richard Saul Ferguson, William Gershom Collingwood (1878)
"A desperate feud was the result—war to the knife, it was said ; but the decree was reversed, and, after a year's silence, now again " The curfew tolls the ..."

7. The Classic and the Beautiful from the Literature of Three Thousand Years by Henry Coppée (1893)
"curfew must not ring to-night !" "Bessie," calmly spoke the sexton—every word pierced her young heart Like a thousand gleaming arrows, like a deadly ..."

8. Center of the Storm: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District by Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch (Organization) (2001)
"The Israeli authorities claim that the curfew is imposed only in response to ... Noam Tivon has explicitly linked the use of the curfew and other punitive ..."

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