night latch

noun

Definition of night latch

: a door lock having a spring bolt operated from the outside by a key and from the inside by a knob

First Known Use of night latch

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Night latch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/night%20latch. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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