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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cur"few
  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.]

Etymology: OE. courfew curfu, fr. OF. cuevrefu covrefeu, F. couvre-feu; covrir to cover + feu fire, fr. L. focus fireplace, hearth. See Cover, and Focus

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  1. An order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
  2. A signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions
  3. The time that the curfew signal is sounded

From Anglo-Norman coeverfu and Old French cuevre-fu (French couvre-feu), from the imperative of covrir (“to cover”) + fu (“fire”).

  1. Any regulation requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time.
  2. The time when such restriction begins.
  3. A signal indicating this time.
  4. A fireplace accessory designed to bank a fire by completely covering the embers.
  5. (historical) A regulation in feudal Europe by which fires had to be covered up or put out at a certain fixed time in the evening, marked by the ringing of an evening bell.
  6. The evening bell, which continued to be rung in many towns after the regulation itself became obsolete.

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Fun Facts about the name Curfew

  • When was the first name Curfew first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Curfew is Friday, February 12th, 1897.
  • How unique is the name Curfew? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Curfew. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Curfew: Your name in reverse order is Wefruc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wcerfu. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Curfew born Jun 15, 1978

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-Central approximately on 1450. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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