noun[often as modifier] trademark
A type of lock with a latch bolt and a flat key with a serrated edge: [as modifier]: a Yale lock
More example sentences
- Their front door was fitted with a Yale lock, two bolts and a security chain.
- The frame itself was nothing short of a battlefield to the indiscriminate slaughter of Yales and Stubbs.
- The front door, on a Yale lock, clicked shut behind them, and they stood together, hunched up, in the recessed doorway.
mid 19th century: named after Linus Yale Jr (1821–68), the American locksmith who invented the mechanism it uses.
Definition of Yale in:
- The US English dictionary