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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

Examples of turner in a Sentence

Noun (2) in the days before physical fitness became part of the mainstream, turners in athletic clubs were often regarded as social oddities
Recent Examples on the Web
The six-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom adobe-style home is a head turner both on the inside and the outside, and has a gentle subtle appeal with jaw-dropping views of the city from almost every window. Tj MacIas, Sacramento Bee, 27 Feb. 2024 The blurb on the back described it as a page turner, and Corrin nodded in approval. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 An architectural head turner, the last project to be completed during the lifetime of innovative and influential modernist architect Pierre Koenig, the Schwartz House in Santa Monica, California, is on the market at $4.55 million. Mark David, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2023 This is particularly difficult in a hot war situation, like Ukraine, where weapons can go from concept to turners of the tide in a matter of weeks, and the other side must quickly invent countermeasures—or lose the war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2023 Four essential grill tools—turner, fork, tongs, and a grill brush—are packed into a portable black carrying case. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 June 2023 The turner has also outfitted the athletic 911 Turbo S with a carbon-fiber Widestar bodykit, which includes a new front bumper with a more prominent splitter, larger air intakes in the wheel arches, rear diffuser, and spoiler. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 July 2023 And our Kitchen Appliances Lab experts are equally impressed with the brand's fish turner. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2023 Keep an eye on: Castro proved a head turner in spring training based on his size, speed, strength, and athleticism. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2023

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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 May. 2024.

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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