Definition of Yale in English:

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Pronunciation: /jeɪl/


[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.

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