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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 cuevre, covrir 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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