pad·​lock | \ ˈpad-ˌläk \

Definition of padlock

: a removable lock with a shackle that can be passed through a staple or link and then secured

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In addition to posting her own pics, Ari has been sharing fans’ memories of the pop-up, including a glimpse at other sweet padlocks that visitors created, and notes that exhibit-goers wrote to the singer. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Gives Fans a Behind the Scenes Look at Her "Sweetener" Pop-Up," 29 Sep. 2018 The myriad interlocking crystal embroideries, meanwhile, were said to mirror cobblestones and netted tulle, embroidered with gold, evoked lovers’ padlocks on the Pont des Arts (that were famously banned by Paris authorities). Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 The solution is simple: Build your own storage container, bolt it to your porch and leave an unlocked padlock on it. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Ringing responses," 4 June 2018 Story #1 also includes an extensive jewelry offering and the house’s first handbag, the Secret, so named for the padlock hardware, itself one of Schiaparelli’s iconic signatures. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "A Full-Circle Moment for the House of Schiaparelli and Bergdorf Goodman," 15 Oct. 2018 An investigation showed the 13-year-old boy had been bound by chains and padlocks for at least 18 hours before police went to the house, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Boy, 13, found naked, chained in Alabama home was forced to sleep in dog crate, officials say," 25 Sep. 2018 Couples from around the world come to this spot to lock a padlock to the bridge signifying their love. Lauren Cook, The Cut, "Never Take a Romantic Vacation for Your Second Date," 15 May 2018 All three families said police reports were filed against them, were threatened with prosecution and accused of breaking padlocks that Tannehill Sewer placed on their lines. Howard Koplowitz,, "McCalla families claim private sewer company is a racket," 1 Mar. 2018 Another happened May 29, when Hughes allegedly cut off the padlocks of two storage units at Beverly Woods Elementary School, according to an incident report. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "Man stole $8,000 worth of cleaning supplies from CMS schools, CMS says," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of padlock

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for padlock

Middle English padlok, from pad- (of unknown origin) + lok lock

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English Language Learners Definition of padlock

: a strong lock with a curved bar that connects to the main part of the lock and holds together two parts of something (such as a chain or a gate)


pad·​lock | \ ˈpad-ˌläk \

Kids Definition of padlock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a removable lock with a curved piece that snaps into a catch


padlocked; padlocking

Kids Definition of padlock (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten with a removable lock

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