peep·​hole | \ ˈpēp-ˌhōl \

Definition of peephole

: a hole or crevice to peep through

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Here, the sisters are cloistered from the public behind no-nunsense, spiky window grilles with tiny peepholes in the latticework for the nuns to see through. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Looking for a room for the night? Europe’s convents offer tranquility — and treats | Miami Herald," 9 Mar. 2018 After hearing noises in his apartment hallway, one of Newulis's neighbors looked through the peephole in his door. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield man faces charges after pointing gun at his neighbor; scores of weapons found in his home, records show," 27 June 2018 The normalization of gayness that has in most ways been a boon has also shrunk the historical eye to, well, another peephole. Jesse Green, New York Times, "A Brief History of Gay Theater, in Three Acts," 26 Feb. 2018 To better safeguard your home, your life and your valuables, have a peephole installed on your front door and on the door leading to your garage. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Tired of giving?," 17 June 2018 The signs in the otherwise normal Airbnb went so far as to warn Coleman and other guests to look out the peephole to ensure no neighbors were in the hallway before exiting. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Nearly 80 Percent of Japan's Airbnbs Were Just Removed," 4 June 2018 Their romance blossomed through a peephole in Teresa's front door. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "She was the driving force behind one of the largest Latino grocers — and abuelita Tere to 53 grandchildren," 13 May 2018 The door and peephole teased: What more was inside? Cate Mcquaid,, "Two new installations at the deCordova," 1 May 2018 And while catching someone take a selfie can be cringe-worthy, almost like a meta peephole (see: Justin Bieber’s behind-the-scenes selfie extravaganza), Ratajkowski’s out-in-the-open of display of self-love is refreshing. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski is Caught Shamelessly—and Stylishly—Taking a Selfie," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of peephole

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peephole

: a hole that is used to look through something (such as a door) to the other side

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