latch·​key | \ ˈlach-ˌkē How to pronounce latchkey (audio) \

Definition of latchkey

: a key to an outside and especially a front door

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As latchkey kids in an often harsh environment, the Gunners found that the most effective defense against pain was the denial of it. Xhenet Aliu, New York Times, "Childhood Friends — Once Inseparable, Now Far-Flung — Reunite for a Funeral," 11 May 2018 Perceptions of masculinity are informed by everything and everyone around us, and for me, a latchkey kid with hours of entertainment budgeted into each day, media played as significant a role in shaping those ideas as did my own parents. Jordan Calhoun, The Atlantic, "Growing Up Without Jane the Virgin," 20 Apr. 2018 Peanut butter aroma wafting through a space will take some people back to pleasant memories of school lunches, while others may recall a miserable latchkey upbringing or a low period during adulthood. Beca Grimm, GQ, "Before You Can Get Over an Ex, You Have to Get Rid of Their Scent," 11 Jan. 2018 Picture unsupervised latchkey kids gathered around VCRs in suburban basements to watch grainy, overly recopied BMX videos of tricks and races. David Allan, CNN, "BMX racing is rad and totally back from the '80s," 20 Oct. 2017 For Wiseman, the basic question of what exactly is a library in these digital days becomes a latchkey to a wider world. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘Ex Libris,’ the story of libraries is really about infinitely complex people," 14 Oct. 2017 Jaeckle grew up on Long Island, a latchkey kid with a hard-working single mom and an insatiable appetite. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "The Case for Hard-Shell Tacos," 11 May 2017 The trains link the wealthy urban core with its ramshackle outskirts, packed with exhausted workers, street preachers, latchkey kids and these Staff Riding daredevils. Brendan Seibel, WIRED, "The Crazy Train Surfers Who Flirt With Death for Sport," 1 May 2014

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1825, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of latchkey

: a key for opening an outside door

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