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 David Gasparyan is the founder & president of Phonexa, a turnkey marketing suite for calls, leads, clicks, email, SMS, accounting and more. David Gasparyan, Forbes, 1 July 2022 On Malibu’s Las Flores Beach, Finneas O’Connell, the Grammy-winning producer and older brother of Billie Eilish, unloaded his turnkey cottage for $5.66 million. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2022 The convenience of a turnkey home is an option at the Mandarin Oriental Residences, developed by SHVO, on a prime block in Beverly Hills. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 24 June 2022 Co-founder and CTO of Desktop Metal, a leader in mass production and turnkey additive manufacturing solutions. Jonah Myerberg, Forbes, 6 June 2022 This year, the move from Portland to Worcester was turnkey. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2022 Fiscally, this means that B2B companies with turnkey technology offerings can minimize the hassle of new client onboarding and maximize on profits. Shama Hyder, Forbes, 10 May 2021 There are a couple of exceptions, however, and in addition, one more turnkey way to combine race access with a wide array of hotels at all price points. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Kan Anant, technical lead at PhaseSpace, said the combination of The Other End’s virtual production expertise and his company’s motion tracking experience will offer superior turnkey solutions for clients in the film and media sectors. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turnkey


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 14 Aug. 2022.

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