turn·​pike | \ ˈtərn-ˌpīk How to pronounce turnpike (audio) \

Definition of turnpike

1a(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

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Examples of turnpike in a Sentence

the turnpike was jammed with people heading south for the long weekend
Recent Examples on the Web Taverns developed along the turnpikes to serve the needs of teamsters and their animals. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: Conestoga wagon an appropriate image for Carroll County seal," 11 Oct. 2019 Later analyses found that the turnpike reported seven deaths in 2012, less than half of the 2007 count. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "2011, the year Kasich took office, and ‘The Avengers’ came to Cleveland: The biggest stories of 2010s," 18 Dec. 2019 The crash shut down the turnpike, which is also Interstate 76, for a 90-mile stretch in both directions for most of Sunday. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation, Jan. 6," 6 Jan. 2020 The crash that was reported shortly before 7 a.m. was initially blocking up to two right lanes on the northbound side of the turnpike just north of the exit to Hollywood Boulevard. Joe Cavaretta, sun-sentinel.com, "'I heard a big boom’: Dump truck crashes off Florida’s Turnpike and lands near home," 15 Oct. 2019 That includes the reversible bridge between I-595 and the I-75 express lanes, the southbound I-75 express lanes to the southbound Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike, and the northbound turnpike to the northbound I-75 express lanes. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Interstate 75 express lanes set to open noon Saturday," 6 Mar. 2018 Both vehicles were extensively damaged and blocked northbound traffic on the turnpike for over an hour while the scene was processed. BostonGlobe.com, "Driver fatigue suspected in N.H. crash that injured Lawrence man - The Boston Globe," 23 Oct. 2019 The perils of living in very close proximity to Florida’s Turnpike became apparent early Tuesday when a dump truck flipped off the highway, hit a tree and crashed into the wire fence between the turnpike and property lines. Joe Cavaretta, sun-sentinel.com, "'I heard a big boom’: Dump truck crashes off Florida’s Turnpike and lands near home," 15 Oct. 2019 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the turnpike has agreed to pay the town of Monroeville nearly $1 million for its public swimming pool at Bel-Aire park. USA TODAY, "Soccer seismology, lobster drop, battle ax defense: News from around our 50 states," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of turnpike

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for turnpike

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

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The first known use of turnpike was in 1678

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Turnpike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnpike. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnpike

US : a major road that you must pay to use


turn·​pike | \ ˈtərn-ˌpīk How to pronounce turnpike (audio) \

Kids Definition of turnpike

: a road that people must pay a toll to use

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