American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dead-end street.
- n. An impasse: "This was the cul-de-sac the year kept driving me toward: men and women would always be at odds” ( Philip Weiss).
- n. Anatomy A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A street or alley which has no outlet at one end; a blind alley; a way or passage that leads nowhere.
- n. Specifically In anatomy and zoology, a diverticulum ending blindly; a cæcum or blind gut; some tubular, saccular, or pouch-like part open only at one end.
- n. An inconclusive argument.
- n. Milit., the situation in which an army finds itself when it is hemmed in and has no exit but by the front.
- n. A blind alley or dead end street.
- n. 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.
- n. An impasse.
- n. medicine A sack-like cavity or tube open at one end only.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A passage with only one outlet, as a street closed at one end; a blind alley; hence, a trap.
- n. (Mil.) a position in which an army finds itself with no way of exit but to the front.
- n. (Anat.) Any bag-shaped or tubular cavity, vessel, or organ, open only at one end.
- n. a passage with access only at one end
- n. a street with only one way in or out
- Borrowing from French cul-de-sac, from cul ("bottom") + de ("of") + sac ("bag, sack") (Wiktionary)
- French : cul, bottom (from Old French, from Latin cūlus; see culet) + de, of (from Old French, from Latin dē; see de-) + sac, sack (from Old French, from Latin saccus; see sack1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She focused on keeping an eye on Ashish, making sure he ate everything she put in front of him, taking him for walks by the creek in the evening, watching while he bicycled or threw hoops with his friends over on the Plum Tree Court cul-de-sac.”
“Ivy Lane the cul-de-sac and dead end if you turned down it wrong, lay there and things die in life.”
“Only 45 years later he will be lying in a pool of blood in a downpour, in a grain field cul-de-sac near Chino, California.”
“JACKSON SMITH'S HOUSE is at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac, the back of which forms a peninsula that slopes down gradually into the Sound.”
“Others say that generations of research biochemists have led each other into an intellectual cul-de-sac.”
“The most extraordinary thing that happened during my childhood was a hot air balloon crashing down in a nearby cul-de-sac.”
“This home, built on a cul-de-sac in 1987, is on the market.”
“Could you at any point in the future envisage yourself enjoying Karl from Wellingborough's robotic band of Christmas frogs ribbitting to Mull Of Kintyre by Wings in the garden at the end of a cul-de-sac?”
“Powney said she had been at home all day and didn't realize anyone had been killed until police converged on the cul-de-sac at about 3 p.m.”
“An hour later, they discovered the other four across town in a house on a cul-de-sac called Brynell Court.”
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