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

Definition of latchkey

: a key to an outside and especially a front door

Examples of latchkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a mother who was both mentally ill and regularly absent, Cox ended up bouncing between relations, an underfed latchkey kid with no stable home life. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 The concept of a hometown story on the show has evolved since the podcast’s debut to include anything from childhood ghost sightings, to grandmothers with mafia connections, to the misadventures of latchkey kids. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2021 Batman is a loner, and as an ‘80s latchkey kid Cully Hamner related to that. Matt Wake |, al, 26 Aug. 2021 Gates, who moved to Arizona as a teen-ager, was a latchkey kid whose idea of entertainment was watching C-Span. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 In an interview with the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Santos spoke of being an adventurous latchkey kid who learned to fish at Woodlawn Lake using his mother’s tortilla masa for bait. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Apr. 2021 Yes, today’s helicopter and tiger parents were once latchkey kids, nuking solitary French bread pizza dinners in the microwave. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Schoolchildren coming to an empty home for lunch because their mothers were working were disparaged as Schlüsselkinder, or latchkey kids. Isabelle De Pommereau, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Sep. 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic started, some Gen X-ers bragged that they were uniquely suited for the lockdown, as former latchkey kids who were used to sitting around doing nothing. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of latchkey

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Latchkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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