key word


: a word that is a key: such as
usually keyword : a significant word from a title or document used especially as an index to content
: a word exemplifying the meaning or value of a letter or symbol

Examples of key word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The line-up of performers and presenters for the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards is just about set, and the key word is collaboration. Paul Grein, Billboard, 13 May 2024 The key words of the night all began with the letter T for the Millers. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Jan. 2024 Supporting your people Empathy is the key word in crisis management and in learning from crises. London Business School, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Entrepreneurs must pay attention that their AI systems are trained on diverse, accurate and verified data sets (with verified being the key word here). Don Markland, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Potential is the key word here, as most of the girls had little to no training coming in. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 Balance is the key word to use when describing her styling work—the proportions are always just right. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 15 Jan. 2024 The key word here is slightly: Each training image should only have a small influence on the network’s behavior. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2023 Coined by Pinterest as one of their 2024 trend predictions, the eclectic grandpa is all about colorful knitwear, tweed, loafers, patterned boxer shorts, sensible sneakers, baseball caps, and wristwatches; key words: retro, custom, vintage. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of key word was in 1762

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“Key word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a word of interest or significance
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