Definition of turnkey in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərnˌkē/

noun (plural turnkeys)

A jailer.
Example sentences
  • In 1843 the gaol had a governor, two turnkeys and two guards but no matron for female prisoners until 1850 when the second stage of the gaol was completed.
  • The turnkeys had a rough time trying to get the crowd to evacuate the building.
  • The consequence is that men who are trained to kill have had to become policemen and turnkeys.


Of or involving the provision of a complete product or service that is ready for immediate use: turnkey systems for telecommunications customers
More example sentences
  • Wholesalers now have brands and offer turnkey products.
  • This turnkey residence is a superior home in a prime location.
  • They are still out there, but are looking for reasonably priced properties in turnkey condition.

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Syllabification: turn·key

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