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Definition of "cul-de-sac" []

  • A dead-end street. (noun)
  • An impasse: "This was the cul-de-sac the year kept driving me toward: men and women would always be at odds” ( Philip Weiss). (noun)
  • Anatomy A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cul-de-sac" in a sentence
  • "She focused on keeping an eye on Ashish, making sure he ate everything she put in front of him, taking him for walks by the creek in the evening, watching while he bicycled or threw hoops with his friends over on the Plum Tree Court cul-de-sac."
  • "Ivy Lane the cul-de-sac and dead end if you turned down it wrong, lay there and things die in life."
  • "Only 45 years later he will be lying in a pool of blood in a downpour, in a grain field cul-de-sac near Chino, California."