key·​board | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce keyboard (audio) \

Definition of keyboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a bank of keys on a musical instrument (such as a piano) that usually consists of seven white and five raised black keys to the octave
b : a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
2 : a group of systematically arranged keys by which a machine or device is operated a computer keyboard
3 : a board on which keys for locks are hung


keyboarded; keyboarding; keyboards

Definition of keyboard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter (data, text, etc.) by means of a keyboard keyboard a manuscript … he would like her to drop her copy off and have it keyboarded into the system by someone else.— Margaret Atwood

intransitive verb

: to operate a machine (as for typesetting) by means of a keyboard

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Other Words from keyboard


keyboarder noun

Examples of keyboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Touch Bar, introduced as part of the last MacBook Pro redesign in 2016, turns the keyboard’s top row from function keys into a touchscreen strip that can display a variety of information and a changing set of controls to adapt to apps and tasks. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging," 15 Jan. 2021 More importantly, though, for the apps that worked with it, the keyboard functioned well. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: A foldable PC that isn’t quite ready," 30 Dec. 2020 The keyboard features a wide wrist rest that placed our hands and wrists at more natural angles. Sian Babish,, "HP OMEN Spacer Wireless TKL Keyboard review: Does it offer a reliable, high-speed connection?," 23 Dec. 2020 To do so, a musical general commandeers the keyboard. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Most heavenly holiday music: Messiaen and Christmas in 20 virtuosic piano visions," 23 Dec. 2020 Pennington, a vocal coach and church pianist, has a track record of performing as a musical Claus, singing and playing the keyboard for large crowds. Mary Colurso |, al, "Santas in Alabama need a little extra magic this year (and maybe a plexiglass shield)," 22 Dec. 2020 Its limited array of chord buttons on the left and standard keyboard on the right have provided Joyce a surprisingly vast palette, and its sound — both scruffy and sturdy, dreamy and a little wheezy — has become something like an early signature. Washington Post, "For composer Molly Joyce, disability is no barrier to virtuosity," 13 Dec. 2020 It’s like a simulation; the keyboard can’t quite capture the nuances of a real piano., "Help support quality local journalism like this.," 10 Dec. 2020 Game officials wore masks and used electronic whistles that sounded like a screech from a cheap keyboard that needed new batteries. Jim Derry | Staff Writer,, "Derry: First live event in 6 months was strange, but wonderful," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Students need practice putting pencil to paper and not just fingers to keyboard. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, "Inside the Scramble to Teach From Home," 12 Aug. 2020 Summer learning in District 181 focused on core classes, including 14 math, 12 language arts, nine art and one foreign language, keyboarding, creative writing, along with a writing camp. Chuck Fieldman,, "District 181 summer learning program brings new experiences to the classroom," 26 June 2019 The music series starts Sunday and runs through Oct. 14, featuring artists that range from trumpeter Bo Berry to keyboard player Gail Jhonson. Mary Colurso,, "Jazz in the Park 2018: Alabama concert series returns with 26 free shows," 7 Apr. 2018 Students need to learn printing, cursive and keyboarding to have all the tools for communication success. Erin Dolin, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Handwriting isn’t a useless drill, it’s an educational tool and a skill for life," 7 Mar. 2017 Understanding Online Job Applications Basic keyboarding skills required. Washington Post, "Montgomery County community calendar June 8-15, 2017," 8 June 2015

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First Known Use of keyboard


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of keyboard was in 1776

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21 Jan 2021

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“Keyboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of keyboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a row or set of keys that are pushed to play a musical instrument (such as a piano)
: a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard like that of a piano and that produces sounds electronically
: the set of keys that are used for a computer or typewriter



English Language Learners Definition of keyboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (information) into a computer by using a keyboard


key·​board | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce keyboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of keyboard

1 : a row of keys by which a musical instrument (as a piano) is played
2 : a portable electronic musical instrument with a row of keys like that of a piano
3 : the whole arrangement of keys (as on a computer or typewriter)

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