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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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 The top’s crisp collar and slightly monastic shoulder treatment made a prim first impression, while a décolletage-baring keyhole and corset construction lent a sultry element. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Cannes By Storm in Naughty-But-Nice Off-Duty Style," 15 May 2018 Corso Vittorio 246, piperoroma.com View through the keyhole of the Priory of the Knights of Malta. Lee Marshall, WSJ, "How to Spend an Indulgent Day in Rome for $2,000—or $400," 7 Mar. 2018 An operation may begin with a squirt of superglue in a shop’s keyhole, or a bottle of petrol left on a doorstep. The Economist, "Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia," 14 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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