turnpike

noun turn·pike \ ˈtərn-ˌpīk \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of turnpike

1 a (1) :a road (such as an expressway) for the use of which tolls are collected
(2) :a road formerly maintained as a turnpike
b :a main road; especially :a paved highway with a rounded surface

Examples of turnpike in a Sentence

  1. the turnpike was jammed with people heading south for the long weekend

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Origin and Etymology of turnpike

Middle English turnepike revolving frame bearing spikes and serving as a barrier, from turnen to turn + pike


TURNPIKE Defined for English Language Learners

turnpike

noun

Definition of turnpike for English Language Learners

  • : a major road that you must pay to use


TURNPIKE Defined for Kids

turnpike

noun turn·pike \ ˈtərn-ˌpīk \

Definition of turnpike for Students

:a road that people must pay a toll to use


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