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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curfew  \Cur"few\  (k?r"f?),  n.  [OE.  courfew,  curfu,  fr  OF 
  cuevrefu  covrefeu  F.  couvre-feu;  covrir  to  cover  +  feu 
  fire,  fr  L.  focus  fireplace,  hearth.  See  {Cover},  and 
  {Focus}.] 
  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.  [Obs.] 
 
  For  pans,  pots,  curfews,  counters  and  the  like 
  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  curfew 
  n  1:  the  time  that  the  curfew  signal  is  sounded 
  2:  a  signal  (usually  a  bell)  announcing  the  start  of  curfew 
  restrictions 
  3:  an  order  that  after  a  specific  time  certain  activities  (as 
  being  outside  on  the  streets)  are  prohibited 




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