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

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, "Property of the Week: 3 Erica Lane, West Simsbury," 20 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: Justin Clemons for The Wall Street Journal Some sellers are capitalizing on demand for turnkey properties from out-of-state buyers who don’t have time to build. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "As Homebuyers Flock In, Fort Worth Embraces its Cowtown Reputation," 17 Jan. 2019 Some are turnkey services that will handle pickup and delivery. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best apps and sites for selling used home goods," 8 Nov. 2018 On her trip, Upscape handled all the hotel bookings, flights, transfers, and reservations, making the entire itinerary turnkey. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Chile: Designer Maria Cornejo's Guide to the Best of Her Native Country," 29 Aug. 2018 RoofTec, a 24 year-old turnkey roofing company moved quickly to replace Curette’s entire roof. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid answers call for help with BuildAid Initiative," 3 June 2018 Interorbital’s ideal scenario would eliminate permanent launch facilities altogether in favor of portable, turnkey hardware capable of getting objects—and people—into space on short notice. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018 But this new version of Android is designed to be a turnkey system for automakers. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Volvo Is Giving Google Assistant a Central Role in Its Next-Generation Cars," 7 May 2018 The turnkey nature of the home proved ideal for Figg and Waugh, who enjoy traveling and nightlife, and appreciated the renovations the home had seen since its relocation. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "Historic apartment house relocated, renovated into home in Roosevelt Historic District," 3 May 2018 From family, all-seasons homes to quiet cabin retreats, townhomes and turnkey dwellings, this luxury, gated golf community delivers a cool, elevated lifestyle. Joan Westlake, azcentral, "Elevated choices in Pine Canyon luxury golf community," 27 Apr. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of turnkey

: complete and ready to be used

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