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
2 : tollgate

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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 The turnpike also erected electronic signs to urge drivers to put their phones down and focus on the road. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Troopers cited 60 drivers in Summit, Erie counties in ‘distracted driving enforcement zones’ on Ohio Turnpike," 8 Oct. 2020 Before then, the Ohio Turnpike plans to replace a bridge on East Edgerton over the turnpike. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Broadview Heights receives $240,000 grant to resurface East Edgerton Road," 16 Dec. 2020 The crash closed the eastbound lanes of the turnpike at Lake Drive, police said. Washington Post, "Man killed in single-car crash in Fairfax County early Sunday," 13 Dec. 2020 Police went to the area and heard the shots that were near the turnpike in Olmsted Township. cleveland, "Wild cats prevent resident from leaving home: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 10 July 2020 Only weeks after California announced a goal to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars by 2035, New Jersey began speeding down the same turnpike. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Killings, land theft surge in Central America to feed our love of beef," 23 Oct. 2020 Alissa Cabrera-Espaillat was a 17-year-old girl with big dreams living with her family in one of Pompano Beach’s motels off the turnpike, near the strip clubs, homeless center and jail. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "This girl’s life was looking up. Then a shooter came to her motel door.," 12 Nov. 2020 But after the Forest Preserve District of Cook County acquired the surrounding acreage in the 1960s, officials decided the turnpike was superfluous. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Landmarks: Ghosts haunt the remains of abandoned Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, but they’re not the kind you’d suspect," 25 Oct. 2020 The signals are at 15 intersections in Berlin, Wethersfield, and Newington, between the turnpike’s intersections with Rowley/Selden streets (southernmost) and Nott Street (northernmost). Steve Smith, courant.com, "Berlin Turnpike to get signal upgrades," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Turnpike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnpike. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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