British paratroopers enforce curfew in Tel Aviv after King David Hotel bombing, July 1946. Photographer: Haim Fine, Russian Emmanuel collection, from collections of the National Library of Israel.

A curfew is an order which restricts people in their movements. It is very often an order which forbids people to be out on the streets after dark.

Curfews may be made by governments in times of war or civil unrest. This is supposed to stop violence.

Curfews may also be issued to young people. They are told that they have to be indoors after a certain time.

The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu" which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time when all lamps and candles had to be blown out. [1]

Other Languages
العربية: حظر التجول
asturianu: Toque de queda
azərbaycanca: Komendant saatı
brezhoneg: Keulfe
català: Toc de queda
English: Curfew
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
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Policijski sat
Tagalog: Curfew
தமிழ்: ஊரடங்கு
中文: 宵禁