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turnkey

adjective turn·key \ ˈtərn-ˌkē \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of turnkey

: 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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First Known Use of turnkey

1927

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turnkey

noun

Definition of turnkey

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

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First Known Use of turnkey

1647

in the meaning defined above

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  • : complete and ready to be used


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