Alt key


variants or Alt
: a key on a computer keyboard that when pressed in combination with other keys enables special commands or symbols to be accessed compare control key

Word History


Alt short for alternate entry 1 or alternate entry 2

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alt key was in 1968

Dictionary Entries Near Alt key

Cite this Entry

“Alt key.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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