key·​hole | \ ˈkē-ˌhōl How to pronounce keyhole (audio) \

Definition of keyhole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hole for receiving a key



Definition of keyhole (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : revealingly intimate a keyhole report
2 : intent on revealing intimate details keyhole columnists

Examples of keyhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even when put together, examining that sequencing data was like peeking through a keyhole. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "By tracking coronavirus mutations, scientists aim to forecast the pandemic’s future," 7 Feb. 2021 On some level, to read anything is to press your face to the keyhole of other people’s fantasies. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Kink” Confronts the Challenge of Turning Sex Into Literature," 23 Jan. 2021 Rose gold with a daring keyhole detail and dangerously high slit, the look had been waiting for its big debut since being revealed in August on Versace’s social media. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Prioritized Glamour," 18 Jan. 2021 Jonas' new ink, on the back of his neck, is a delicate black-and-white design of a keyhole with a person peeking through; just their eye, jawline, and a fraction of their mouth is visible. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Fans Think Joe Jonas' New Tattoo Is a Tribute to Sophie Turner," 14 Oct. 2020 Allow the polyurethane to dry overnight, then fasten the coat rack to a wall with two trim-head screws or keyhole hangers. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 What makes Sea Stephanie Fish unique is its focus on seafood from the Central Coast and the access to hard-to-find specialty ingredients like Santa Barbara spiny lobster, rock crab, farmed abalone, red and purple urchin, whelks and keyhole limpets. Georgia Freedman,, "Some of California’s hardest-to-find seafood is arriving in the Bay Area. Here’s how to get it," 13 Dec. 2020 Food for the Hungry, a nonprofit spanning 18 countries, is selling gifts that give back to local communities with holiday gift items, including a keyhole garden, story books and water filters. NBC News, "Giving Tuesday 2020: What it is and how to get involved," 1 Dec. 2020 Peeking through the keyhole of Garry’s home and understanding his current existence means picturing Garry alone with an ice machine, a muscle stimulus machine and resistance bands nearby — the necessary tools for solo rehab in a COVID quarantine. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: UConn basketball junior Matt Garry battling COVID-19 while rehabilitating ruptured knee during hellish chapter of his walk-on dream," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of keyhole


1504, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Keyhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of keyhole

: the opening in a lock into which a key is placed


key·​hole | \ ˈkē-ˌhōl How to pronounce keyhole (audio) \

Kids Definition of keyhole

: a hole for receiving a key


key·​hole | \ ˈkē-ˌhōl How to pronounce keyhole (audio) \

Medical Definition of keyhole

1 : relating to, used in, or being a minimally invasive operation or surgical procedure (as laparoscopy or arthroscopy) in which one or more small incisions are made to permit passage of instruments (as an endoscope and forceps) into the body keyhole surgery for gall bladder removal
2 : being a small incision made in keyhole surgery

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