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 Oh, and Tom wants a threesome only if the third watches from the bathroom’s keyhole., "Which Succession couples will break up in season 3? We asked Dr. Drew," 19 Oct. 2019 In the image, Kylie sports a sultry, asymmetrical gold dress with a plunging keyhole at the chest. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Steamy Gold Dress to Justin and Hailey Bieber's Wedding," 1 Oct. 2019 Make the cutouts with a small paring knife or narrow saw, such as a keyhole saw. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro," 3 Oct. 2019 Basically, instead of risking a wardrobe malfunction, this keyhole like crop in your garments will bring an edge to your ensembles. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The Biggest Trends From London Fashion Week 2019," 19 Sep. 2019 The former Bachelorette changed into a long-sleeve black keyhole gown with a high front slit to present the Vocal Group of the Year Award. Katie Intner,, "Hannah Brown Had to Sit Down on 2019 CMA Awards Red Carpet Because Her Dress Was 'So Heavy'," 14 Nov. 2019 Amour Vert’s jumpsuit is 100 percent silk and comes with short flutter sleeves, wide legs, and a removable skinny tie at the waist and a keyhole opening at the back. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Jumpsuits to Pack for Your Next Trip," 1 Nov. 2019 That gave me a keyhole into the Machiavellian, competitive power vacuum of that world, that bubble, in Hollywood., "Most read on," 11 Oct. 2019 Kylie looked stunning herself, glowing in a gold gown with a risqué keyhole cutout and a super-high leg slit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stormi Webster Was the Cutest Guest at Justin and Hailey Bieber's Wedding," 1 Oct. 2019

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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