carrefour

carrefour

[kar-uh-foor, kar-uh-foor]
noun
1.
a crossroads; road junction.
2.
a public square, plaza; marketplace.

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

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carrefour
1477, "place where four ways meet," from O.Fr. carrefor (13c., quarrefour), from L. quadrifurcus "four-forked," from quatuor "four" + furca "fork." "Formerly quite naturalized, but now treated only as French" [OED].
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