keynote


1key·note

noun \ˈkē-ˌnōt\

: the most important idea or part of something

Full Definition of KEYNOTE

1
:  the first and harmonically fundamental tone of a scale
2
:  the fundamental or central fact, idea, or mood <sadness is the keynote of this little collection — Books Abroad>

Examples of KEYNOTE

  1. Humor is the keynote of the play.
  2. <the need for a greater sense of self-reliance is the keynote of his self-help message>

First Known Use of KEYNOTE

1776

2keynote

transitive verb

Definition of KEYNOTE

1
:  to set the keynote of
2
:  to deliver the keynote address at
key·not·er noun

First Known Use of KEYNOTE

1914

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