Carrefour



a crossroads; road junction.
a public square, plaza; marketplace.
Contemporary Examples

French retail giant carrefour has sold all its stores in Greece to its local partner for … one euro!
Greece Going for Yard Sale Prices David Frum June 14, 2012

Historical Examples

It is so easy to take a wrong turning at the cross-roads of life, and assuredly Denise stood at a carrefour now.
The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman

The voices came nearer; two people were approaching the carrefour.
Lorraine Robert W. Chambers

As they entered the carrefour, the girl ran in front of him and pushed him back with all her strength.
Lorraine Robert W. Chambers

From the carrefour Jack turned to the left straight into the heart of the forest.
Lorraine Robert W. Chambers

For fully ten minutes neither spoke, and then the horses slackened their pace upon the carrefour du Bout des Lacs.
Running Sands Reginald Wright Kauffman

The carrefour whence it started was the busiest spot of the whole district.
Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff

The cab went on again, and as soon as it reached the carrefour Lafayette, set off down-hill, and entered the station at a gallop.
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

At the same moment he turned the corner; the carrefour lay before him, overgrown, silent, deserted.
Lorraine Robert W. Chambers

The hounds are unleashed and sent forward, while at the carrefour, the noise dies down to a murmur or an expectant hush.
In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd

noun
a rare word for crossroads
a public square, esp one at the intersection of several roads
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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