turnkey: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (tûrn'kē"), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -keys.,
  1. a person who has charge of the keys of a prison; jailer.
  1. of, pertaining 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.
  2. fully equipped; ready to go into operation: a turnkey business.
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