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Definition of curfew noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


/ˈkərfyu/ curfew pronunciation American
[countable, uncountable]
1 a law that says that people must not go outside after a particular time at night until the morning; the time after which nobody must go outsideThe army imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.You must get home before curfew.2 a time when children must be home in the eveningI have a 10 o'clock curfew.
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