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 The 714’s iconic pilot shape and keyhole bridge, which was designed in 1957 for Turin tram drivers, is similarly replicated in the new PO3274S silhouette. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 At the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge earlier this week, the actress stepped out in a matching black set consisting of a teeny top with a keyhole cutout and crisscrossed straps, as well as a low-waisted, body-clinging maxi skirt. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Apr. 2022 In an all-black number, the mother of one wore a keyhole bralette with a criss-cross string halter that makes her body the focal point with a bare stomach and maxi skirt paired with stiletto leather boots. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 31 Mar. 2022 The big elephant herd is running to get out of the keyhole. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The reason for the incision ranges -- a comment from a friend, a bad review, a breakup -- but once it's made, what starts as a keyhole operation can become open heart surgery and escalate into existential crisis. CNN, 21 Mar. 2022 Because of this, both her (very affordable, btw) keyhole top and bottoms are shoppable now for less than $30 each. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 17 Feb. 2022 This cream Hugo Boss dress, with its pleated skirt and keyhole neckline, is simple yet stunning. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 18 Feb. 2022 Megan wore gray pants and a sleeveless keyhole-cutout top, with a pair of lilac pumps and a matching micro handbag. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 28 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For the second photo, Lopez removed the jacket to reveal the leather bra, which has a keyhole-style opening and halter straps. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 19 Jan. 2022 But Tokyoites found little keyhole glances of the Games, anyway. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Where there were a few, the CDC assumed that there were more—but that routine testing, their keyhole view into the organism's stealthy spread, had been abandoned under the overwork of caring for pandemic patients. Maryn Mckenna, Scientific American, 19 May 2021 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Keyhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for keyhole


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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