turret

noun tur·ret \ ˈtər-ət , ˈtə-rət , ˈtu̇r-ət \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of turret

1 : a little tower; specifically : an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure
2 a (1) : a revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within it
(2) : a similar upper structure usually for one gun on a tank
(3) : a gunner's fixed or movable enclosure in an airplane
b : a tall building usually moved on wheels and formerly used for carrying soldiers and equipment for breaching or scaling a wall
3 a : a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine tool
b : a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses

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Origin and Etymology of turret

Middle English touret, from Anglo-French turette, tourette, diminutive of tur, tour tower — more at tower

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TURRET Defined for English Language Learners

turret

noun

Definition of turret for English Language Learners

  • : a small tower on a building

  • : the part on a military tank, airplane, or ship from which guns are fired


TURRET Defined for Kids

turret

noun tur·ret \ ˈtər-ət \

Definition of turret for Students

1 : a little tower often at a corner of a building
2 : a low usually rotating structure (as in a tank, warship, or airplane) in which guns are mounted

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