Definition of Turnkey

1. Noun. Someone who guards prisoners.

Exact synonyms: Gaoler, Jailer, Jailor, Prison Guard, Screw
Generic synonyms: Keeper, Law Officer, Lawman, Peace Officer
Derivative terms: Gaol, Jail, Jail

Definition of Turnkey

1. n. A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a warder.

Definition of Turnkey

1. Adjective. ready to use without further assembly or test; supplied in a state that is ready to turn on and operate (typically refers to an assembly that is outsourced for manufacture) ¹

2. Noun. (context: now archaic) A warder or jailer / gaoler; keeper of the keys in a prison. ¹

3. Verb. to supply a turnkey product; to supply something fully assembled and ready to use ¹

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Definition of Turnkey

1. a person who has charge of a prison's keys [n -KEYS]

Medical Definition of Turnkey

1. 1. A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a warder. 2. An instrument with a hinged claw, used for extracting teeth with a twist. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Turnkey

turnip bed
turnip cabbage
turnip greens
turnip head
turnip heads
turnip plant
turnip shell
turnip shells
turnkey (current term)
turnkey system
turnout gear
turnover flap
turnover number

Literary usage of Turnkey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by New York (State). Legislature. Senate (1907)
"... and to regulate the management thereof,' in relation to jailer and turnkey," was read the third time. The President put the question whether the Senate ..."

2. A Practical and Elementary Abridgment of the Common Law as Altered and by Charles Petersdorff (1844)
"KB 10 B. $• C. 224. pay the sixpences is to be considered the agent of the debtor, and who receives ON the question, whether the turnkey to whom the ..."

3. Life and Letters of Sir Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto, from 1751 to by Gilbert Elliot Minto (1874)
"The turnkey wanted very much to show me one poor innocent lad, ... I asked the turnkey what his crime was, and he said a footpad robbery-- poor innocent lad ..."

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