follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

turnpike

[turn-pahyk] /ˈtɜrnˌpaɪk/
noun
1.
a high-speed highway, especially one maintained by tolls.
2.
(formerly) a barrier set across such a highway to stop passage until a toll has been paid; tollgate.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English turnepike road barrier (in def. 1, short for turnpike road). See turn, pike2
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for turn-pike

turnpike

/ˈtɜːnˌpaɪk/
noun
1.
(between the mid-16th and late 19th centuries)
  1. gates or some other barrier set across a road to prevent passage until a toll had been paid
  2. a road on which a turnpike was operated
2.
an obsolete word for turnstile (sense 1)
3.
(US) a motorway for use of which a toll is charged
Word Origin
C15: from turn + pike²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for turn-pike
turnpike
c.1420, "spiked road barrier used for defense," from turn + pike (2) "shaft." Sense transf. to "horizontal cross of timber, turning on a vertical pin" (1547), which were used to bar horses from foot roads. This led to the sense of "barrier to stop passage until a toll is paid" (1678). Meaning "road with a toll gate" is from 1748, shortening of turnpike road (1745).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for turnpike

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for turn

4
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with turn-pike