An example of a cul de sac is a street that ends in a circle instead of going into another street.
nounpl. cul·-de-sacs′ or culs·-de-sac′
- a passage or position with only one outlet; blind alley; specif., a dead-end street with a turnaround at the closed end
- a situation from which there is no escape
- Anat. a blind pouch, as the cecum
Origin of cul-de-sacFr, literally , bottom of a sack
nounpl. cul-de-sacs, or culs-de-sac
- a. A dead-end street, especially one ending in a circular turnaround.b. A circular turnaround at the end of a dead-end street.c. An impasse: “This was the cul-de-sac the year kept driving me toward: men and women would always be at odds” ( Philip Weiss )
- Anatomy A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end.
Origin of cul-de-sacFrench 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 sack 1. )
- Alternative spelling of cul-de-sac.
(plural cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac)