Definition of turner in US English:



  • 1A person who is skilled in turning wood on a lathe.

    • ‘The apprentice turners and fitters, although moved around, were kept pretty well to their trade.’
    • ‘Alf left a job in Adelaide as a turner.’
    • ‘To make the feet, the turner placed an offset chuck on the lathe and turned this part of the leg along a second axis.’
    • ‘One brother works as a tailor and another is a turner.’
  • 2An implement that can be used to turn or flip something over.

    ‘a pancake turner’


Middle English: from Old French torneor, from late Latin tornator, from the verb tornare (see turn).