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.
noun 1. a child who must spend at least part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work. noun 1. 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 noun phrase A child […]
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. […]