keyhole

noun
key·​hole | \ˈkē-ˌhōl \

Definition of keyhole 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hole for receiving a key

keyhole

adjective

Definition of keyhole (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : revealingly intimate a keyhole report

2 : intent on revealing intimate details keyhole columnists

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Employee Mike Storms did the detective work, guessing it was original given small keyholes at the inside edge of the pages that suggest they had once been bound by string. Maryclaire Dale, The Seattle Times, "Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 ‘rebel’ newspaper," 26 Oct. 2018 The keyhole neckline and below-the-knee length are similar to styles favored by fellow royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but the Danish monarch infused the ensemble with lively contrast and texture through her accessories. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Brigitte Macron and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark Do Twinning Style in Copenhagen," 28 Aug. 2018 People line up to peer though the keyhole in the heavy wooden door protecting the gardens to see a perfectly framed view of the dome of St. Peter's—a feat of architectural engineering by Piranesi. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome's Art & Architecture: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 Victoria Beckham was one of the royal wedding’s standout guests as her ensemble, a deceptively simple navy dress with a keyhole cut-out, was perfect for the occasion. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Reworks Her Royal Wedding Look for Everyday," 23 May 2018 Quietly, Littlefield bent down and placed his eye at the keyhole. Paul Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 The Dipsea splits the difference with a classic keyhole nose shape and a tortoiseshell frame, while the amber lenses are pure performance: certified UVA/B polarized protection. Ben Fox, Outside Online, "6 Style Upgrades From Huckberry's Summer Catalog," 19 June 2018 The Dipsea splits the difference with a classic keyhole nose shape and a tortoiseshell frame, while the amber lenses are pure performance: certified UVA/B polarized protection. Ben Fox, Outside Online, "6 Style Upgrades From Huckberry's Summer Catalog," 19 June 2018 Japanese keyhole saws, gouges, a cheese-grater-like rasp called a microplane and, for the final steps, lots and lots of sandpaper. Bob Shallit, sacbee, "How an ‘accidental artist’ became the zen master of wood," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of keyhole

Noun

1504, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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keyhole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of keyhole

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

keyhole

noun
key·​hole | \ˈkē-ˌhōl \

Kids Definition of keyhole

: a hole for receiving a key

keyhole

adjective
key·​hole | \ˈkē-ˌhōl \

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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