curfew


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Curfew \Cur"few\ (k[^u]r"f[=u]), 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.
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            He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
                                                  --Shak.
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            The village curfew, as it tolled profound.
                                                  --Campbell.
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   2. A utensil for covering the fire. [Obs.]
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            For pans, pots, curfews, counters and the like.
                                                  --Bacon.
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