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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: covrefeu 'signal to put out fires, curfew', from covrir 'to cover' + feu 'fire'

curfew

noun
     
cur‧few [uncountable and countable]
1SCL a law that forces people to stay indoors after a particular time at night, or the time people must be indoors:
The government imposed a night-time curfew throughout the country.
The curfew was lifted (=ended) on May 6th.
The whole town was placed under curfew.
Anyone found in the streets after curfew was shot.
2 American English the time, decided by a parent, by which a child must be home or asleep in the evening
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