noun \ˈtərn-ˌpīk\

: a major road that you must pay to use

Full Definition of TURNPIKE

:  tollgate
a (1) :  a road (as an expressway) for the use of which tolls are collected (2) :  a road formerly maintained as a turnpike
b :  a main road; especially :  a paved highway with a rounded surface

Examples of TURNPIKE

  1. <the turnpike was jammed with people heading south for the long weekend>

Origin of TURNPIKE

Middle English turnepike revolving frame bearing spikes and serving as a barrier, from turnen to turn + pike
First Known Use: 1678


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