tur·​ret ˈtər-ət How to pronounce turret (audio)
ˈtu̇r-ət How to pronounce turret (audio)
: a little tower
specifically : an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure
: a revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within it
: a similar upper structure usually for one gun on a tank
: a gunner's fixed or movable enclosure in an airplane
: a tall building usually moved on wheels and formerly used for carrying soldiers and equipment for breaching or scaling a wall
: a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine tool
: a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses

Examples of turret in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of turret was in the 14th century

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“Turret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turret. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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tur·​ret ˈtər-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) ˈtə-rət How to pronounce turret (audio)
: a little tower often at a corner of a building
: a low usually rotating structure (as in a tank, warship, or airplane) in which guns are mounted

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