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 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 Ring cameras come in various forms, including models that can be mounted outdoors or installed on a door peephole, but the most popular version is the doorbell module. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What?," 19 Feb. 2020 Embedded in the heat shield are five peepholes of varying sizes that will stay open just long enough for the science instruments to take measurements in X-ray, ultraviolet, visible and other wavelengths. NBC News, "Solar Orbiter blasts off to capture first look at sun's poles," 10 Feb. 2020 Best known for its popular doorbell cameras, Ring has sold millions of motion-detecting cameras that can be installed in peepholes, floodlights and indoors. Washington Post, "Police can keep Ring camera video forever, and share with whomever they’d like, company tells senator," 19 Nov. 2019 Interior doors at the residence halls are key-locked with deadbolts and have peepholes. Dallas News, "Student safety, well-being in focus following deadly shooting at a Texas university," 10 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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“Peephole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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