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


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plural turnkeys
: one who has charge of a prison's keys

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But for today, Jessica and I can take you inside a turnkey facet of the story: How an investor-founder romance soured, helping set up the situation Stability is in today—grasping for its future. Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 The turnkey estates, priced from $8.5 million to $20 million or more, will accommodate up to six bedrooms and include roughly 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2024 Remember, the key to a successful purchase is not whether the house is a fixer upper or turnkey, but whether potential home buyers are ready to make the purchase – arguably, one of the biggest in their lifetimes. Melissa Karns, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 The Legacy Estates are currently offered as blank homesites, perfect for envisioning your own dream villa, but future plans may include a turnkey option. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2023 The married couple eventually decided that whether the house was turnkey or not, their top priority was to buy in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, said Cordero, a 48-year-old technology worker for a bank. Michele Lerner, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 The 110 square-foot layout is totally turnkey, and can be sized to be towed on highways and roadways quickly and efficiently. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 The turnkey residence has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two powder rooms, and a den. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2023 Posts featured charming historic homes from across the country, some decrepit and in need of desperate amounts of TLC and others that were surprisingly turnkey for the price. Chris Moody, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023
Building one requires a great deal of time and money, and while the former can be cut down by taking over an existing, turnkey brewery, the financial expenditure is still significant, leaving most new entrants to the industry with little capital to work with straight out of the gate. Brandon Hernández, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2024 It’s been barely two years since Adam Weitsman picked up a chic turnkey penthouse in the Miami suburb of Sunny Isles Beach after spotting photos of it on Instagram. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2024 Dispensary license holders were promised turnkey storefronts, eliminating the most restrictive factors to opening a store: capital and real estate. Wesley Parnell, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024 The turnkey home’s serene interiors were inspired by Balinese design, and every room prioritizes a seamless connection with the outdoors through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and windows. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2024 Glory to Glory Fitness’ FORM curriculum is a turnkey solution, proving simple and accessible for all instructors utilizing it. Kyle Russell, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Your firm will need to run a cost-benefit analysis comparing open source LLMs to turnkey solutions using an API. Grant Easterbrook, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 These might include new homes’ lower initial cost-to-own, contemporary floor plans, modern conveniences, turnkey living and other efficiencies. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 The residence is now being offered turnkey with all its furnishings. Mark David, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1927, in the meaning defined above


1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turnkey was in 1647

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“Turnkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnkey. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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