peep·​hole | \ ˈpēp-ˌhōl How to pronounce peephole (audio) \

Definition of peephole

: a hole or crevice to peep through

Examples of peephole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The circular images, black and white and slightly hazy, create a sensation of peering back through time, a peephole into something previously hidden, perhaps forbidden. Chadd Scott, Forbes, "Linda Foard Roberts’ Photography, Hank Willis Thomas’ Neon, Combine At SOCO Gallery In Charlotte," 11 Mar. 2021 Ring’s Video Doorbell 3, highlighted by 1080pHD video quality, night vision and pre-roll video is currently discounted, alongside the Video Doorbell Pro, which has to be hardwired, and the Peephole Cam, which replaces the non-smart peephole. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Amazon is already running Black Friday sales on Ring, Echo, and Fire TV devices," 23 Nov. 2020 While watching through the door's peephole, Ingram said that over the next half hour, 10 more officers appeared in the hallway, including some in riot gear. Taylor Romine, CNN, "Activist who police tried to arrest Friday shares his experience in standoff," 9 Aug. 2020 Others resemble winter sports warriors with full-head coverings that have small peepholes. Michael Cabanatuan,, "‘I like it’: Bay Area residents largely comply with new coronavirus mask orders," 23 Apr. 2020 Salazar looked through the peephole and didn't see anything. Justin L. Mack, Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "21-year-old man arrested in fatal shooting of Indianapolis mail carrier Angela Summers," 29 Apr. 2020 De Courcy doesn’t judge her subjects, but seems deeply familiar with them, describing scenes with such confidence and intimacy the reader is practically viewing them through a peephole. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coco Chanel in wartime: She was at all times ‘pro-Chanel’," 15 Apr. 2020 In the Bronx, a local resident on Tuesday took a photo through a peephole of an ICE officer in military-style fatigues carrying an assault rifle on the other side of an apartment door. New York Times, "‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance," 5 Mar. 2020 Who hasn’t looked out and watched other people through their peephole? Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of peephole

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peephole was circa 1570

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2 May 2021

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“Peephole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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