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noun (1)

turn·​er ˈtər-nər How to pronounce turner (audio)
: one that turns or is used for turning
a pancake turner
especially : a person who forms articles with a lathe


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noun (2)

tur·​ner ˈtər-nər How to pronounce turner (audio)
: a member of a turnverein : gymnast

Example Sentences

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Our test car was mercifully sticker-deleted, and the Vantage wears the rest of the aero well, making an already distinctive design even more of a head-turner. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 14 Mar. 2023 That included two 70-plus yard touchdown drives in the second half when one stop could have been a momentum-turner. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 Harlan Coben thrillers are a different beast, the TV equivalent of a page turner. John Hopewell, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 His five years tramping through the jungle collecting specimens is a page turner. Monitor Readers, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2021 Joe Miller, the fire company’s president, acknowledged that the gun raffle was more of a head-turner than other fundraisers the fire company has done. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 24 Feb. 2021 This holiday season, set aside the screen and pick up an actual page turner, or gift one to a worthy reader in your life. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Its daring design evokes sportiness and luxuriousness, and the sleek-looking four-door is a legitimate head-turner. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 19 Feb. 2021 Use a thin pancake turner to transfer cookies to a wire rack. WSJ, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (2)

German, from turnen to perform gymnastic exercises, from Old High German turnēn to turn, from Medieval Latin tornare — more at turn

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turner was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Turner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turner. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one that turns
especially : a kitchen tool for lifting and turning foods

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Tur·​ner ˈtər-nər How to pronounce Turner (audio)
Frederick Jackson 1861–1932 American historian


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biographical name (2)

J(oseph) M(allord) W(illiam) 1775–1851 English painter


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biographical name (3)

Nat 1800–1831 enslaved American who led other enslaved Americans in a rebellion


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biographical name (4)

Ted 1938–     Robert Edward Turner III American television executive
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