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

In the first video, North is seen in a cute orange sweatsuit singing with her very own mic right next to Kanye, who’s on the keyboard. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "North West Grabbed a Mic and Performed at Kanye West's Sunday Service," 8 Apr. 2019 Below the keyboard, her towering gold stilettos manipulated the pedals judiciously. Zoë Madonna,, "Yuja Wang sparkles at Jordan Hall," 14 May 2018 Lisiecki’s sound was delightfully spontaneous and unbounded, marked with round accents and impetuous flourishes that bubbled up from the keyboard. Zoë Madonna,, "Pianist Jan Lisiecki leads a youth movement at Symphony Hall," 20 Apr. 2018 Yamaha is an absolutely gigantic company, producing everything from keyboards to world championship–winning motorcycles. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "Yamaha Just Launched Its First Electric Bicycles," 3 Apr. 2018 Just as in Las Vegas, Jones immediately produced an avalanche of sound, fingers flying, chords thundering, a profusion of ideas emanating from the keyboard. Howard Reich,, "Yes, magician Penn can play jazz bass and proves it at Green Mill," 25 Mar. 2018 In 2004, with Macklovitch behind the mic and on lead guitar, and Gemayel handing keyboards, synthesizers, and bass, Chromeo released their first album. James Grebey, GQ, "Chromeo Are Here Because You Need Funk in Your Life," 12 June 2018 The legendary keyboard player’s ex-wife and longtime professional partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side at the time of his death. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Captain and Tennille's Toni Tennille Reflects on 'Captain' Daryl Dragon After His Death," 3 Jan. 2019 The revamp does mean Apple is fully doing away with the traditional chiclet keyboard that came with the previous MacBook Air. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID," 30 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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