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carrefour

[kar-uh-foo r, kar-uh-foo r] /ˈkær əˌfʊər, ˌkær əˈfʊər/
noun
1.
a crossroads; road junction.
2.
a public square, plaza; marketplace.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < French; earlier quarefour, Middle French quarrefour < Late Latin quadrifurcum, neuter of quadrifurcus with four forks, equivalent to quadri- quadri- + -furcus -forked, adj. derivative of furcus, furca fork
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carrefour

/ˈkærəˌfɔː/
noun
1.
a rare word for crossroads
2.
a public square, esp one at the intersection of several roads
Word Origin
C15: from Old French quarrefour, ultimately from Latin quadrifurcus having four forks
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Word Origin and History for carrefour
n.

late 15c., "place where four ways meet," from Old French carrefor (13c., quarrefour), from Latin quadrifurcus "four-forked," from quatuor "four" (see four) + furca "fork" (see fork (n.)). "Formerly quite naturalized, but now treated only as French" [OED]. Englished variant carfax is from Middle English carfourkes.

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