Definition of turret in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Its facade mixes Georgian colonnades with the loopholes and turrets of a mediaeval castle; above, Palladian arcades rise to Mughal copulas.’
    • ‘It was a large castle with countless turrets, towers, and boarded-over windows.’
    • ‘However, they were anxious to gain control of the area again, and so in 1265 they built, but this time it was in stone and the castle reputedly had seven turrets.’
    • ‘Thirty minutes passed and they arrived at a large castle, many turrets decorating it, along with high towers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a striking building with turrets and spires.’
    • ‘The fancy old house much resembled a castle, with many turrets and towers.’
    • ‘Now the bunny has licence to roam all over the flat and even has his very own Chateaux Lapin: a rabbit castle, complete with turrets.’
    • ‘Main Street leads to Sleeping Beauty's Castle, its turrets towering above the magic, and from here you pick from the four ‘lands’ that contain the rides and shows.’
    • ‘Flames engulf the castle, whose turrets begin to crumble and fall.’
    • ‘The architecture attested to its ancient heritage, with massive castle-like structures adorned with spires and turrets on nearly every building.’
    • ‘I would make castles with turrets, moats and drawbridges in the firm white sand until the tide came in and swept them away.’
    • ‘Small bolts of silver lighting could be seen every once in awhile striking the black turrets of the castle.’
    • ‘Sponges grow from the seabed like the turrets of a castle.’
    • ‘Many grotesque gargoyles with mysterious ochre stains around their mouths littered the castle's turrets and corners leering down at her.’
    • ‘It was completely surrounded by an ancient wall - with turrets and towers - and old churches and cobbled stone streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He went to the tallest turret of the castle and surveyed his land.’
    • ‘The building strongly reminded me of a medieval castle, complete with turrets and towers, and the gray stone walls practically breathed history.’
    • ‘The towers and turrets of the castle rose above the trees like huge stony fingers, and the late evening sun was bathing it in a glorious golden peachy light.’
    1. 1.1A low armoured tower, typically one that revolves, for a gun and gunners in a ship, aircraft, fort, or tank.
      • ‘By now we had attracted the attention of the big cruiser, and the laser turrets were starting to turn.’
      • ‘The Americans were developing larger tanks, with cast-armour hulls and turrets, better guns, and air-cooled diesel engines.’
      • ‘Mack sprinted forward, leapt up to man the machine-gun turret.’
      • ‘We should be able to see external point defense cannon turrets.’
      • ‘A new feature of the tank is that the fitted modular special armour covers the turret.’
      • ‘We need one that had decent sailing capability, three decks, and a rotating cannon turret.’
      • ‘For its anti-submarine role, the rear turret was replaced.’
      • ‘The armoured turret has both laying and stabilisation drives and power supply.’
      • ‘The gun turrets swivelled and fired green lasers at the falcons.’
      • ‘He shot at the MG operator on top of the tank's turret with his pistol and killed him.’
      • ‘Curious children clamber over the tank's turret, only to get shouted at by the men.’
      • ‘Immediately, Will rotated the turret to face his rear and destroyed the tank using his cannon.’
      • ‘As soon as Jack finished, Sam rushed out to the main laser turret.’
      • ‘When he returns to his day job, though, popping his head over the turret as an army tank commander, he'll leave behind plenty of talent in the ranks.’
      • ‘Within seconds of him entering, and barrels of all three turrets swiveled around to face him.’
      • ‘I watched them from the turret of the command tank where I sat with the hatch nearly closed for protection.’
      • ‘Missile three demolished one of the main plasma cannon turrets of Battery One.’
      • ‘We coordinated nonstandard casualty evacuation, which would be done on our tank turrets, and prepared his platoon for our arrival.’
      • ‘The Humvee rolled to a light stop on the curb, allowing James time to jump onto the rear turret.’
      • ‘I immediately tried to swivel the turret, but it was no use.’
    2. 1.2A rotating holder for tools, especially on a lathe.
      • ‘That particular joint, number 5, is the rover arm turret, which rotates the four rover arm instruments into position.’
      • ‘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.’


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