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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thirty minutes passed and they arrived at a large castle, many turrets decorating it, along with high towers.’
    • ‘Small bolts of silver lighting could be seen every once in awhile striking the black turrets of the castle.’
    • ‘He went to the tallest turret of the castle and surveyed his land.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was completely surrounded by an ancient wall - with turrets and towers - and old churches and cobbled stone streets.’
    • ‘It was a large castle with countless turrets, towers, and boarded-over windows.’
    • ‘Many grotesque gargoyles with mysterious ochre stains around their mouths littered the castle's turrets and corners leering down at her.’
    • ‘Flames engulf the castle, whose turrets begin to crumble and fall.’
    • ‘The building strongly reminded me of a medieval castle, complete with turrets and towers, and the gray stone walls practically breathed history.’
    • ‘I would make castles with turrets, moats and drawbridges in the firm white sand until the tide came in and swept them away.’
    • ‘The architecture attested to its ancient heritage, with massive castle-like structures adorned with spires and turrets on nearly every building.’
    • ‘Sponges grow from the seabed like the turrets of a castle.’
    • ‘Its facade mixes Georgian colonnades with the loopholes and turrets of a mediaeval castle; above, Palladian arcades rise to Mughal copulas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fancy old house much resembled a castle, with many turrets and towers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A low armoured tower, typically one that revolves, for a gun and gunners in a ship, aircraft, fort, or tank.
      • ‘Within seconds of him entering, and barrels of all three turrets swiveled around to face him.’
      • ‘He shot at the MG operator on top of the tank's turret with his pistol and killed him.’
      • ‘Missile three demolished one of the main plasma cannon turrets of Battery One.’
      • ‘We should be able to see external point defense cannon turrets.’
      • ‘I immediately tried to swivel the turret, but it was no use.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For its anti-submarine role, the rear turret was replaced.’
      • ‘The Humvee rolled to a light stop on the curb, allowing James time to jump onto the rear turret.’
      • ‘By now we had attracted the attention of the big cruiser, and the laser turrets were starting to turn.’
      • ‘Mack sprinted forward, leapt up to man the machine-gun turret.’
      • ‘Curious children clamber over the tank's turret, only to get shouted at by the men.’
      • ‘We coordinated nonstandard casualty evacuation, which would be done on our tank turrets, and prepared his platoon for our arrival.’
      • ‘The gun turrets swivelled and fired green lasers at the falcons.’
      • ‘As soon as Jack finished, Sam rushed out to the main laser turret.’
      • ‘The Americans were developing larger tanks, with cast-armour hulls and turrets, better guns, and air-cooled diesel engines.’
      • ‘I watched them from the turret of the command tank where I sat with the hatch nearly closed for protection.’
      • ‘The armoured turret has both laying and stabilisation drives and power supply.’
      • ‘Immediately, Will rotated the turret to face his rear and destroyed the tank using his cannon.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A rotating holder for tools, especially on a lathe.
      • ‘The toolholder disc for the turrets can handle 12 tools.’
      • ‘Opportunity moved her arm into position, rotating the turret to aim the microscopic imager down toward the patch.’
      • ‘That particular joint, number 5, is the rover arm turret, which rotates the four rover arm instruments into position.’
      • ‘Multiple-grating turrets allow two or more gratings to be mounted on a turret and rotated into position when needed.’


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