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curfew (n.)

14世纪初, curfeu ,"晚间信号,在固定的时间敲钟",作为熄火和照明的信号,来自英法 coeverfu (13世纪晚期),来自古法语 cuevrefeu ,字面意思是"掩盖火势"(现代法语 couvre-feu ),来自 cuevrecovrir 的御用词"掩盖"(见 cover (v.))。+ feu "火"(见 focus (n.))。相关: Curfew-bell (14世纪初)。

中世纪的做法是敲响钟声(通常在晚上8点或9点),以此作为命令,将炉灶放在银行里,准备睡觉,以防止未熄灭的火苗引起火灾。现代意义上的"周期性限制行动"在19世纪时已经发展起来。

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Definitions of curfew from WordNet

curfew (n.)
the time that the curfew signal is sounded;
curfew (n.)
a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions;
curfew (n.)
an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited;
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