latchkey

noun
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 Shutdown orders across the nation prompted a flurry of half-joking speculation that Generation X, a cluster of former latchkey kids raised on pop culture that plumbed social alienation, was uniquely prepared to weather quarantining at home. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Generational Warfare in a Pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 Growing up in Meadowview in Sacramento, California, aka Danger Island, Mahisha Dellinger was a latchkey kid from a single-parent home. Marquita K. Harris, Essence, "Meet Mahisha Dellinger, A Self-Made Millionaire," 22 Oct. 2019 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 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

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First Known Use of latchkey

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Latchkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latchkey. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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latchkey

noun
How to pronounce latchkey (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of latchkey

: a key for opening an outside door

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