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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keyboarder noun

Examples of keyboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Everyone breathed a sigh of relief that came out of throat surgery better than ever, and quickly resumed their keyboard tapping. Brooke Showell,, "The Most Shocking — and Most Moving — Grammys Moments of All Time," 8 Jan. 2020 Still, Lenovo’s traditionally married Qualcomm’s low-power processors with its own top-notch keyboards, providing an excellent companion for long-haul or multi-day conferences. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's Yoga 5G promises what the Surface Pro X couldn't: All-day battery life," 6 Jan. 2020 ColorCoral Keyboard Cleaner Universal Cleaning Gel Your keyboard is absolutely disgusting—caked with dust, chip dust, the works. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 100 most popular things everyone bought this year," 27 Dec. 2019 The Wasatch County assessor says the error occurred when a staff member may have dropped their phone on their keyboard. Fox News, "'Horrific' typo values Utah home at nearly $1B after phone dropped on keyboard: report," 7 Dec. 2019 And in October, Apple removed the Taiwanese-flag emoji from its keyboard on its products in Hong Kong, presumably to placate authorities in Beijing and preserve its access to the Chinese market. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019 Its latest type-c backlit keyboard holds up to that reputation. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Save on Satechi's latest compact Bluetooth keyboard," 25 Nov. 2019 Central points Even before the Nov. 20 hearings, residents took to their keyboards to voice their frustrations. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Totally disrespected': New Berlin refuses to accept Waukesha's plan to build a pumping station in Minooka Park," 22 Nov. 2019 David Benedict used his keyboard to issue a lengthy statement. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: NCAA’s decision to sit UConn’s Evina Westbrook helps no one; UConn’s fiery response shows there is confusion over what NCAA actually values," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Keyboard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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