Haditha Dam, Iraq, (September 16, 2007) – A Riverine Patrol Boat with Riverine Squadron 1, Riverine Group 1, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, in support of Regimental Combat Team 2, tows several boats the riverines seized in support of the new 24-hour curfew enforcement of the waterway near the dam. The riverines warned locals of the new curfew for several days before seizing the boats of repeat curfew offenders

A curfew is an order specifying a time during which certain regulations apply.[1][2] Typically it refers to the time when individuals are required to return to and stay in their homes. Such an order may be issued by public authorities but also by the head of a household to those living in the household. For instance, an au pair is typically given a curfew, which regulates when they must return to the host family's home in the evening.


The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "fire cover". It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew".[3] Its original meaning refers to a law made by William The Conqueror that all lights and fires should be covered at the ringing of an eight o'clock bell to prevent the spread of destructive fire within communities in timber buildings.[4]

Other Languages
العربية: حظر التجول
asturianu: Toque de queda
azərbaycanca: Komendant saatı
brezhoneg: Keulfe
català: Toc de queda
español: Toque de queda
Esperanto: Elirblokado
français: Couvre-feu
Gaeilge: Cuirfiú
हिन्दी: कर्फ्यू
hrvatski: Policijski sat
Bahasa Indonesia: Jam malam
italiano: Coprifuoco
עברית: עוצר
Latina: Ignitegium
Bahasa Melayu: Perintah berkurung
Nederlands: Spertijd
norsk: Portforbud
português: Toque de recolher
Simple English: Curfew
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Policijski sat
Tagalog: Curfew
தமிழ்: ஊரடங்கு
中文: 宵禁