Definition of turnkey in US English:


nounPlural turnkeys

  • A jailer.

    • ‘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 consequence is that men who are trained to kill have had to become policemen and turnkeys.’
    • ‘The turnkeys had a rough time trying to get the crowd to evacuate the building.’
    prison officer, warder, prison warder, wardress, prison wardress, warden, prison warden, guard, prison guard, keeper, incarcerator, captor, sentry
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  • Of or involving the provision of a complete product or service that is ready for immediate use.

    ‘turnkey systems for telecommunications customers’
    • ‘This property is deceptively spacious and is in turnkey condition.’
    • ‘The house is in turnkey condition and is approached via a gravel drive accessed through double hardwood timber gates.’
    • ‘This turnkey residence is a superior home in a prime location.’
    • ‘People either wanted them in need of refurbishment or in turnkey condition, and they were being chased by three or four people in the auction room.’
    • ‘She attributed the premium price paid for Crystal Lodge to the fact that it was in turnkey condition.’
    • ‘It is in good decorative order throughout and is likely to attract interest from families looking for a spacious home in turnkey condition.’
    • ‘Wholesalers now have brands and offer turnkey products.’
    • ‘It comes to the market in turnkey condition and will be auctioned on March 25.’
    • ‘Interest should extend to those seeking a spacious family home with larger than normal gardens within commuting distance of the city and in turnkey condition.’
    • ‘The property also has the advantage of being in turnkey condition.’
    • ‘Hanratty said the hotel was in turnkey condition which, combined with the profit-earnings ratio, made it a good investment.’
    • ‘They launched a turnkey service for publishing and subscribing to podcasts.’
    • ‘Another business line is Aircraft Management, which provides turnkey operational services to owners of turbine-powered airplanes and rotorcraft.’
    • ‘Wizard's premiere product, the CMC, is a complete turnkey system for computerized mat cutting.’
    • ‘They are still out there, but are looking for reasonably priced properties in turnkey condition.’
    • ‘Its well-proportioned living space, prime location and turnkey condition should attract plenty of interest.’
    • ‘It has been tastefully decorated and is in turnkey condition, with a host of period features including floorboards and fireplaces.’
    • ‘The units will be built in two blocks and will be provided in turnkey condition and fully furnished.’
    • ‘Renovated to exacting standards and in turnkey condition, Millridge offers comfortable living in beautiful surroundings.’
    • ‘This elegant Victorian town residence is on a quiet and mature residential road in the heart of Portobello.It has been tastefully redecorated by the current owners and arrives to the market in turnkey condition.’