A turnpike is a busy road that charges users a fee to drive on it. If you drive through a toll booth, you know you're on a turnpike.

You can also call a turnpike a toll road because drivers have to pay a toll, usually when they exit, but sometimes also when they first enter the turnpike. This kind of pay-to-use road existed even before cars were invented. Today's turnpikes typically have toll plazas or booths, or special lanes equipped to collect tolls electronically. Highways that are free to use are called freeways or expressways.

Definitions of turnpike
  1. noun
    an expressway on which tolls are collected
    synonyms: toll road
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    type of:
    expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway
    a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
  2. noun
    (from 16th to 19th centuries) gates set across a road to prevent passage until a toll had been paid
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    type of:
    a movable barrier in a fence or wall
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