Definition of turret in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌrɪt/


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1A small tower on top of a larger tower or at the corner of a building or wall, typically of a castle: a castle with fairy-tale turrets
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  • Many grotesque gargoyles with mysterious ochre stains around their mouths littered the castle's turrets and corners leering down at her.
  • Christine and I came and piled a huge mound of sand for a castle, adding turrets and walls and digging a moat that filled anew with every wave that reached it.
  • Then he describes a house up by the watertower, a grand and mysterious place that looks out over a gorge, and has an actual castle wall with a turret.
1.1A low armoured tower, typically one that revolves, for a gun and gunners in a ship, aircraft, fort, or tank.
Example sentences
  • The armoured turret has both laying and stabilisation drives and power supply.
  • A new feature of the tank is that the fitted modular special armour covers the turret.
  • We coordinated nonstandard casualty evacuation, which would be done on our tank turrets, and prepared his platoon for our arrival.
1.2A rotating holder for tools, especially on a lathe.
Example sentences
  • Opportunity moved her arm into position, rotating the turret to aim the microscopic imager down toward the patch.
  • Multiple-grating turrets allow two or more gratings to be mounted on a turret and rotated into position when needed.
  • The toolholder disc for the turrets can handle 12 tools.



Pronunciation: /ˈtʌrɪtɪd/
Example sentences
  • Offers of over £2.5m are being asked for the turreted 15th century former fortress standing in 90 acres of beautiful surroundings beside the river Girvan at Kirkmichael, Ayrshire.
  • If you like fishing or hunting, the chances are that you already know about East Haugh House, a turreted 17 th-century property set in two-acre gardens close to the River Tummel.
  • The architecture is Tudor style, complete with turreted parapets, fortified towers, arches and battlements.


Middle English: from Old French tourete, diminutive of tour 'tower'.

  • tower from Old English:

    This comes ultimately from Greek via Latin and French tour. The phrase tower of strength is from a use in the Book of Common Prayer: ‘O Lord…be unto them a tower of strength’ and originally meant ‘a strong tower’. A turret (Middle English), in Old French tourete, is a little tower.

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