turn·​key | \ ˈtərn-ˌkē How to pronounce turnkey (audio) \

Definition of turnkey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: built, supplied, or installed complete and ready to operate a turnkey nuclear plant a turnkey computer system also : of or relating to a turnkey building or installation a turnkey contract turnkey vendors


plural turnkeys

Definition of turnkey (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who has charge of a prison's keys

Examples of turnkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective ClassDojo is an educational technology communication app offering free, turnkey remote learning platforms. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2020 The house is in pristine, turnkey condition, and bears the owners' commitment and dedication to equal measures of exercise and relaxation for a new family to enjoy. Joan Walden, courant.com, 20 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arenko sold the Bloxwich facility in July, 2020 and is moving full speed ahead to provide its software and turnkey electricity trading services to battery and grid operators across the U.K. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 17 June 2021 By leveraging Impact-as-a-Service solutions, EverFi offers turnkey, data-driven, and scalable programs that can help address some of society’s most intractable problems. Steve Ellis, Fortune, 7 June 2021 And all the staff and all the equipment were ready to go as turnkey. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Franchises have a reputation for being turnkey businesses. Sean Hart, Forbes, 4 June 2021 There are also numerous turnkey fishing piers and shops renting gear and bait for easy surf casting on the many miles of beaches. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 20 May 2021 One reason turnkey ransomware programs have grown is the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, which criminal groups often use to launder money, experts say. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, 18 May 2021 Pacaso offers a curated collection of turnkey homes in popular second-home markets. Dallas News, 16 May 2021 When the pandemic began, turnkey inventory sold quickly, said Joseph De Sane, managing director of Bespoke Real Estate. New York Times, 14 May 2021

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1927, in the meaning defined above


1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Turnkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnkey. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnkey

: complete and ready to be used

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