key word

noun

Definition of key word 

: a word that is a key: such as

a usually keyword \ˈkē-ˌwərd \ : a significant word from a title or document used especially as an index to content

b : a word exemplifying the meaning or value of a letter or symbol

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And while baklava in a variety of forms is the key word on the dessert list, various rich choices, including dark chocolate lava cake, range from $8-$11. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 The key words are doubt, movement, and synchronization. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Chicharito and the Art of Mexico's Synchronization," 3 May 2018 The key words and subject line were always assigned. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Florida shooting aftermath shows a generation that’s more impressive than typically portrayed," 20 Feb. 2018 The key words being ‘up to,’ but voters were confused by the first ballot which was incorrect and asked for a 10-cent sales tax. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Low voter turnout for Uniform elections," 6 May 2018 The key word in the Declaration of Independence isn’t life, liberty or happiness, the writer Patricia Hampl has pointed out. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Barbara Ehrenreich Urges Us to Accept, Accept the Dying of the Light," 10 Apr. 2018 The key word for Friday afternoon in Aurora was heart. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora dedicates street in honor of long-time doctor, faith leader," 18 May 2018 There's a rumor (key word: rumor) that Lady Amelia Windsor, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, the Duke of Kent, hasn't been invited to the ceremony or reception. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Amelia Windsor, Prince Harry's Cousin, Reportedly Isn't Invited to the Royal Wedding," 14 May 2018 Anyone with information about Torres' whereabouts is asked to call police at 256-768-2768 or text a tip to 274637 using key word FPDTIP plus the message. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Have you seen him? Florence police searching for missing 27-year-old," 17 Apr. 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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