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, "Remote learning during coronavirus: How to make your home into a workable school," 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, "Property of the Week: 3 Erica Lane, West Simsbury," 20 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the company has sold a few of its turnkey replicas for prices ranging from less than $20,000 to as much as $50,000, the heart of Razorfly's business follows the convention circuit. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, "The Cars Are the Stars: The Art of Replicating Hollywood's Famous Rides," 14 June 2020 There are lots of users who would find this machine the sweet spot of function and sophistication, and enjoy exploring all of its specialties, but for those looking for turnkey coffee-making, this is a little extra. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best drip coffee makers of 2020," 12 June 2020 Concierge Auctions and Allie Beth Allman & Associates will auction a turnkey unit at the Ritz-Carlton Residences of Dallas online this month. Dallas News, "Dallas Ritz-Carlton turnkey unit to auction online," 7 June 2020 The Canadian company is one of the largest turnkey e-commerce sites in the world, bringing in $1.5 billion last year. Taylor Lorenz, BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus spurs a wave of suspect websites looking to cash in," 24 Mar. 2020 The Canadian company is one of the largest turnkey e-commerce sites in the world, bringing in $1.5 billion last year. Michael H. Keller, New York Times, "Coronavirus Spurs a Wave of Suspect Websites Looking to Cash In," 24 Mar. 2020 In addition to fair pricing, buyers still want turnkey, move-in ready homes. Dallas News, "Expect a strong real estate market this spring, firm says," 8 Mar. 2020 At the Mount Cinnamon Resort, 23 of 24 new two- and three-bedroom turnkey villas have sold since 2007, said Mark Scott, the director of development, with five lots left. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "House Hunting on Grenada: Caribbean Views for $2.5 Million," 29 Apr. 2020 ANGI Homeservices touts itself as the world’s home-improvement leader, but its business model is hardly turnkey. Laura Forman, WSJ, "IAC Is a Bit of a Fixer-Upper," 16 Apr. 2020

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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 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnkey

: complete and ready to be used

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