n signal or time after which people must stay indoors until the next day 宵禁
11 o'clock curfew 从11点钟起宵禁
* impose a curfew, eg under martial law 实行宵禁（如根据戒严法）
* lift/end a curfew 解除宵禁
* Don't go out after curfew. 宵禁时不要外出.
n [U and C]
[Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French;Origin: covrefeu 'signal to put out fires, curfew', from covrir 'to cover' + feu 'fire']
a law that forces people to stay indoors after a particular time at night, or the time people must be indoors
The government imposed a night-time curfew throughout the country.
The curfew was lifted (=ended) on May 6th.
The whole town was placed under curfew.
Anyone found in the streets after curfew was shot.
AmE the time, decided by a parent, by which a child must be home or asleep in the evening