Meaning of latchkey in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlatʃkiː/

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nounplural noun latchkeys

  • A key of an outer door of a house.

    ‘Keoch declined the offer, wishing to be with his family, but offered to drop the others off at the tavern before going home, and passed Rhyll a latchkey to his house, so they could return when they wished.’
    • ‘In the early 1920s, I and my elder sister Lettice went to a ball most nights and were not allowed latchkeys.’
    • ‘What bugs me like a flea pancake - aside from the strange latchkey hanging from her belt loop - is the number of necklaces ringing her nape, one of which is so long that it swings down between her thighs.’
    • ‘After checking to be sure the latch had caught, so as the door would not swing open with a gust of wind, Evelyn tucked her father's latchkey in her left boot, and walked down the dirt path leading from her house.’
    • ‘In his testimony before the coroner he explained that having no latchkey and not caring to disturb the sleeping servants, he had, with no clearly defined intention, gone round to the rear of the house.’