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1. A crossroads.
2. A public square; a plaza.

[French, from Old French carrefor, from Latin quadrifurcus, four-forked : quadri-, quadri- + furca, fork.]


1. (Human Geography) a rare word for crossroads
2. (Human Geography) a public square, esp one at the intersection of several roads
[C15: from Old French quarrefour, ultimately from Latin quadrifurcus having four forks]


(ˈkær əˌfʊər, ˌkær əˈfʊər)

1. a crossroads.
2. a public square; marketplace.
[1475–85; < French; Middle French quarrefour < Late Latin quadrifurcum, neuter of quadrifurcus with four forks]
carfax, carrefour - A carfax or carrefour is a place where (usually four) roads or streets meet, from French carrefurcs, from Latin quadrifurcus, "four forks."
See also related terms for roads.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carrefour - a junction where one street or road crosses anothercarrefour - a junction where one street or road crosses another
street corner, turning point, corner - the intersection of two streets; "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by"
junction - the place where two or more things come together
grade crossing, level crossing - intersection of a railway and a road on the same level; barriers close road when trains pass
road, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
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