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 Rebecca Kelley of Anderson Township planned to be at her keyboard, fingertips poised, eyes wide open early Monday morning, ready for the COVID-19 vaccine hunt. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "Mom, son, 16, ready for COVID-19 vaccine; here's what you need to know to get ready, too," 29 Mar. 2021 Pianist Powell embraced the innovations of bebop, matching the speed and ferocity of horn players on the keyboard. USA Today, "25 essential jazz songs that trace the quintessential American artform through history," 22 Feb. 2021 That pubescent girl clacking on the keyboard was slowly and indirectly finding the way to her own desires. Tracy Clark-flory, Wired, "What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet," 16 Feb. 2021 Petersson continues to sing, as the camera pans to a carton and glass of Oatly milk expertly placed on the keyboard. Danielle Campoamor,, "We Need To Talk About That Oatly Super Bowl Commercial," 8 Feb. 2021 Now, anyone who wanted more diverse options could simply hit a button on the keyboard, making Parrott’s iDiversicons app unnecessary. Reed Albergotti, Washington Post, "She brought diverse skin tones emojis to the iPhone. Now she’s suing Apple," 10 Mar. 2021 John Solomon, vice president and general manager of Chrome OS, said the company prefers an experience with at least a detachable keyboard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google is working to solve the Chromebook's support problem," 9 Mar. 2021 Freehands is represented by a skillful and spirited acrylic and spray-paint portrait of Nat King Cole at the keyboard, with his features highlighted in luminous tones of blue that are both unexpected and a reflection of his music. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Art dealer David Ramsey plants Deep Roots gallery in Fairfax to assert presence of Black artists, culture," 7 Mar. 2021 The keyboard can connect to a laptop or desktop computer using Logitech’s Unifying USB dongle or via Bluetooth. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Logitech’s Ergonomic Keyboard Could Stop Companies Being Sued For RSI Injuries," 2 Mar. 2021 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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15 Apr 2021

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“Keyboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 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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