key·​hole | \ ˈkē-ˌhōl \

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 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 The public spaces have decidedly Arabian touches like inlaid tables, lanterns, and keyhole doorways. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of keyhole

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


key·​hole | \ ˈkē-ˌhōl \

Kids Definition of keyhole

: a hole for receiving a key


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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