Definition of cul-de-sac noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkʌl də sæk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌl də sæk//
(pl. cul-de-sacs, culs-de-sac) (from French) Types of road
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a street that is closed at one end We live in a quiet cul-de-sac. (figurative) This particular brand of socialism had entered a cul-de-sac (= could make no further progress). See related entries: Types of road Word Originmid 18th cent. (originally in anatomy): French, literally ‘bottom of a sack’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cul-de-sac