tur·​ret | \ ˈtər-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) , ˈtə-rət, ˈtu̇r-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) \

Definition of turret

1 : a little tower specifically : an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure
2a(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
3a : a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine tool
b : a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses

Examples of turret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Home to vice presidents since Walter Mondale, the house at the Naval Observatory is a multi-story, cream-colored, Queen Anne-style mansion, with wraparound porches, black shutters and a turret. Kate Bennett, CNN, "The second couple settles in after a stressful start to their life in Washington," 13 Apr. 2021 Other special, and unusual, details include a turret with a widow’s walk, a dungeon with a spiral staircase, a replica of the Statue of Liberty, a stone waterfall and medieval battlements. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Derek Jeter’s $13 Million Lakefront Castle Has an Infinity Pool Shaped Like a Baseball Diamond," 18 Mar. 2021 The custom villa with a turret was built in 1998 and has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 6,887 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes with vacation-evoking European architecture," 13 Mar. 2021 With a nod to storybook design, a four-story turret adds drama to the façade, said Rogers. Dallas News, "Hunting for Easter eggs and houses," 4 Apr. 2021 Across the street is Renwick House (146 N. College Ave.), a late Victorian with a two-story turret, a large bay window and a wraparound porch. Los Angeles Times, "Craftsman, Classical, Victorian and more: Claremont shows off its architecture on this driving tour," 17 Mar. 2021 The turret’s dual instruments can discern features as small as 30 to 40 micrometers. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Was there ever life on Mars? Perseverance’s SHERLOC laser sniffs for microscopic clues," 11 Mar. 2021 This house, for example, has an 18-foot turret at its center — two round stories of Shenandoah Stone with a sharp peak of copper on top. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Eccentric chateau pays tribute to Joe Louis, Hudson's, castle in Lichtenstein," 12 Dec. 2020 The turret apartment has a separate ground floor water closet, another bathroom and three floors that can be used for bedrooms, office or studio space or even a home gym. Lauren Beale, Forbes, "Church Turned Mountain Hideaway In Switzerland Seeks $2.9 Million," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of turret

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turret

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

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

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29 Apr 2021

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“Turret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turret. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turret

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


tur·​ret | \ ˈtər-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) \

Kids Definition of turret

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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