cul-de-sac

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French cul-de-sac, from cul (bottom) + de (of) + sac (bag, sack)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

cul-de-sac (plural cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac)

  1. A blind alley or dead end street.
  2. A circular area at the end of a dead end street to allow cars to turn around, designed so children can play on the street, with little or no through-traffic.
    • 2010 January 17, Cara Buckley, “A Suburban Treasure, Left to Die”, New York Times, page Section MB; Column 0; Metropolitan Desk; Pg. 1:
      And in suburbs known for new development, preservationists are often battling a general perception that there is nothing historic or worth saving among the cul-de-sacs.
  3. An impasse.
    • 2005 February 14, National Review: 
      Physics seems, in fact, to have got itself into a cul-de-sac, obsessing over theories so mathematically abstruse that nobody even knows how to test them.
  4. (medicine) A sack-like cavity or tube open at one end only.

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cul-de-sac m (plural culs-de-sac)

  1. dead end, cul-de-sac (a path that goes nowhere)
  2. impasse

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