[ lach-kee ]
/ ˈlætʃˌki /

noun, plural latch·keys.

a key for releasing a latch or springlock, especially on an outer door.

Origin of latchkey

First recorded in 1815–25; latch + key1

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British Dictionary definitions for latchkey

/ (ˈlætʃˌkiː) /


a key for an outside door or gate, esp one that lifts a latch
  1. a supposed freedom from restrictions
  2. (as modifier)a latchkey existence