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

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The keyhole at the front is more like a door ajar, two strips of material like curtains begging to be parted while threatening to close. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 Cutouts are everywhere, with flirty front keyholes and unexpected side reveals. Teen Vogue, "The 16 Best One-Piece Swimsuits for Summer 2019," 2 May 2019 The dress, which features a keyhole neckline, is by couture designer Rami Kadi's Spring 2019 collection. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Had a Serious Leg Reveal at the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 The figure-fitting look, by Alexander Wang, featured a plunging keyhole neckline, floral detailing, and velvety drapery around the hips to function like a wrap skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Sheer Lace Bodysuit by Alexander Wang to John Legend's Party," 14 Jan. 2019 Unlike the French Open one, this version was short and green, with black and white stripe details and a keyhole cut-out in the back. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Serena Williams Brought Back the Catsuit for the 2019 Australian Open," 15 Jan. 2019 The collection of French girl cool separates, which includes leopard-print keyhole tops and cardigans with faux pearl buttons, is quickly catching on among Mais’s influencer peers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "9 Celebrity-Approved Fashion Labels That Made It Big in 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Robbie wore a long-sleeved ivory dress by Self-Portrait, which featured a twisted neck detail, keyhole cutout, and asymmetrical slit. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Margot Robbie Has a Practical Antidote to Killer Red Carpet Heels," 3 Dec. 2018 Known to show off her enviable figure, Gwyneth capped off the loop with an open keyhole back for a hint of sexiness. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Shared All the Details From Her Wedding–and Her Gown is Breathtaking," 2 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of keyhole was in 1504

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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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