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

Joe was a project director over power generation turnkey operations, and during the nuclear age helped build, sell and service nuclear power plants. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/6," 6 July 2019 Realtor Pat Kapowich provides turnkey services including relocation, staging, market analysis and strategic planning. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Buyers’ higher bid didn’t win them the house; time to change agent?," 4 July 2019 Yet the turnkey craze is sweeping the globe, and among its fans is the superstar French interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Luxe Turnkey Townhouse in London," 28 June 2019 Realtor Pat Kapowich provides turnkey services including relocation, property prep staging, market analysis and strategic planning. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Not minding the store jeopardizes an easy home sale," 20 June 2019 Here's a look at a selection of turnkey residences in the building. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Tour Stunning Residences Inside Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum," 13 June 2019 The current owners spent $100,000 adding a custom pool, spa and wet bar to this turnkey home on a cul-de-sac. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "What $800,000 buys right now in three Orange County cities," 6 June 2019 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

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English Language Learners Definition of turnkey

: complete and ready to be used

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