turnpike

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noun turn·pike \ˈtərn-ˌpīk\

Definition of turnpike

  1. 1 :  tollgate

  2. 2a (1) :  a road (as an expressway) for the use of which tolls are collected (2) :  a road formerly maintained as a turnpikeb :  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>

Origin and Etymology of turnpike

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


First Known Use: 1678


TURNPIKE Defined for English Language Learners

turnpike

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noun turn·pike \ˈtərn-ˌpīk\

Definition of turnpike for English Language Learners

  • : a major road that you must pay to use


TURNPIKE Defined for Kids

turnpike

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noun turn·pike \ˈtərn-ˌpīk\

Definition of turnpike for Students

  1. :  a road that people must pay a toll to use



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