Definition of "curfew" []

  • A regulation requiring certain or all people to leave the streets or be at home at a prescribed hour. (noun)
  • The time at which such a restriction begins or is in effect: a 10 P.M. curfew for all residents. (noun)
  • The signal, such as a bell, announcing the beginning of this restriction. (noun)
  • An official regulation setting restrictions on movement, esp after a specific time at night (noun)

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  • The time set as a deadline by such a regulation (noun)
  • The ringing of a bell to prompt people to extinguish fires and lights (noun)
  • The time at which the curfew bell was rung (noun)
  • The bell itself (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "curfew" in a sentence
  • "His sentencing and punishment bill, which is now before parliament, will give the courts powers to extend the tag curfew limit from 12 hours a day to 16."
  • "Being a teenager, I disagree that a curfew is the correct way to go about things."
  • "Apparently Quan is not comfortable with the word "curfew.""