noun (1)
turn·​er | \ ˈtər-nər How to pronounce turner (audio) \

Definition of turner

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: one that turns or is used for turning a pancake turner especially : a person who forms articles with a lathe


noun (2)
tur·​ner | \ ˈtər-nər How to pronounce turner (audio) , ˈtu̇r- \

Definition of turner (Entry 2 of 6)

: a member of a turnverein : gymnast


biographical name (1)
Tur·​ner | \ ˈtər-nər How to pronounce Turner (audio) \

Definition of Turner (Entry 3 of 6)

Frederick Jackson 1861–1932 American historian


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Definition of Turner (Entry 4 of 6)

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


biographical name (3)

Definition of Turner (Entry 5 of 6)

Nat 1800–1831 American slave insurrectionist


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Definition of Turner (Entry 6 of 6)

Ted 1938–     Robert Edward Turner III American television executive

First Known Use of turner

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turner

Noun (2)

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

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“Turner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turner. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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