a child who must spend at least part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.
a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work
A child whose parents are working and who must spend part of the day unsupervised at home: A latchkey child, Nikki would always go home, stay inside, and do her homework/ Personally, I always wanted to be a latchkey kid, or at least have a key (1944+)
noun 1. a part of a knitting machine consisting of a thin shaft with a hook on one end and a pivoting latch that closes over the hook so that yarn can be drawn through the developing knitting to make a stitch.
- Latch on to
[leyt] /leɪt/ adjective, later or latter, latest or last. 1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring. 2. continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted: a late business meeting. 3. near or at the end of day or well into the night: a late hour. […]
noun, Plant Pathology. 1. a disease of plants, especially potatoes, celery, etc., characterized by spotting, blighting, and withering or decay of the entire plant, caused by any of several fungi, as Phytophthora infestans or Septoria apii. late blight (lāt) A disease of potato plants caused by the oomycete organism Phytophthora infestans and characterized by decay […]