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Curfew

Cur´few   Pronunciation: kûr´fū
n.1.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.
He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
- Shak.
The village curfew, as it tolled profound.
- Campbell.
2.A utensil for covering the fire.
Noun1.curfew - the time that the curfew signal is sounded
2.curfew - a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions
3.curfew - an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited

CURFEW. The name of a law, established during the reign of the English king, William, the conqueror, by which the people were commanded to dispense with fire and candle at eight o'clock at night.
     It was abolished in the reign of Henry I., but afterwards it signified the time at which the curfew formerly took place. The word curfew is derived, probably, from couvre few, or cover fire. 4 Bl. Com. 419, 420.

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