[lach-kee] /ˈlætʃˌki/

noun, plural latchkeys.
a for releasing a or springlock, especially on an outer door.
a key for an outside door or gate, esp one that lifts a latch

also latch-key, 1825, a key to draw back the latch of a door, from latch (n.) + key (n.1). Latchkey child first recorded 1944, American English, in reference to children who come home from school while both parents are at work.


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