[ turn-kee ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌki /
noun, plural turn·keys.
a person who has charge of the keys of a prison; jailer.
Also turn-key . of, relating to, or resulting from an arrangement under which a private contractor designs and constructs a project, building, etc., for sale when completely ready for occupancy or operation: turn-key housing, turnkey contract.
fully equipped; ready to go into operation: a turnkey business.
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Example sentences from the Web for turnkey
The person who accompanied him was a simple lackey, named Ebenezer Radburn, who acted merely in the capacity of turnkey.
Twelve Years a Slave|Solomon Northup
I asked his name next day, but the turnkey laughed, and said it was none of my business.
Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker|S. Weir Mitchell
The turnkey had now two points to put to the professional gentlemen as they passed in and out.
Little Dorrit|Charles Dickens
At last the turnkey stopped before a door, inserted a key in the lock, and opened it.
Out with Garibaldi|G. A. Henty
A sign of animation seemed to come into the turnkey’s face, but he did not move nor seek to question her.
Robert Tournay|William Sage
British Dictionary definitions for turnkey
/ (ˈtɜːnˌkiː) /
archaic a keeper of the keys, esp in a prison; warder or jailer
denoting a project, as in civil engineering, in which a single contractor has responsibility for the complete job from the start to the time of installation or occupancy
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