Cur"few(kr"f), 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.
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.
For pans, pots, curfews, counters and the like.Bacon.
(Middle Ages) The court of a sovereign or of a feudal lord; also; his residence or his household.
(Law) Any court of justice.
4. The Roman See in its temporal aspects, including all the machinery of administration; -- called also
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