key word


Definition of key word

: a word that is a key: such as
a usually keyword \ ˈkē-​ˌwərd How to pronounce key word (audio) \ : 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

Examples of key word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The key word, as George notes later in the article, is practice. Kevin Kruse, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The key word here is some, because certainly not all tech companies would be. Dryden Pence, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 A year ago, Tara VanDerveer had a key word for her team: flexible. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 The website sells shirts with various generic T-shirt sayings but with a twist — a key word is replaced in each phrase with the word horny. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021 Accountability has been a key word used by Billups. oregonlive, 29 Sep. 2021 Names vary but the key word to watch out for is kanel, which means cinnamon in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although it is pronounced differently in all three countries! David Nikel, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 All are immersed in their own survival game, hinged on one key word: Pivot. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 But the key word, resilience, that’s the mark of a successful team. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of key word

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of key word was in 1762

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28 Nov 2021

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“Key word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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