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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Ora wore a deconstructed little black dress with lace details and fishnet stockings, while Charli XCX’s take on an LBD was more classic with a revealing keyhole moment tied up with a velvet bow. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "What Men? Rita Ora, Charli XCX & Kylie Minogue Rep for the Ladies at British GQ Men of the Year Awards," 4 Sep. 2019 Newgarden tried to get around third-place Ryan Hunter-Reay in the keyhole part of the course, but ended up bumping Hunter-Reay and spinning off the track., "Scott Dixon races to sixth IndyCar victory at Mid-Ohio, gets back into title contention," 28 July 2019 At its peak, those who have undertaken the climb wait their turns to peek into the bronze keyhole of the Priory of the Cavaliers of Malta for a poetic glimpse of St. Peter's. Washington Post, "Rome’s seven hills offer seven green respites from summer’s crowds," 12 July 2019 The Dressing Room, separated by a sliding door with keyhole, is home to a massive shower with a bench, a vanity, makeup desk, and closet for two that would make any Kardashian jealous. Tanner Saunders, Sunset, "Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels Is Finally Open in San Francisco," 22 Jan. 2018 The 1920s house is awash in ornamental details, with a distinctive keyhole-arch motif throughout the nearly 5,100 square feet of interiors. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy," 29 June 2019 Sitting in the front row with her Jonas Brothers musician husband, Chopra rocked a deep green gown featuring a long keyhole cut-out, complete with a black Dior belt. Robyn Merrett,, "Priyanka Chopra Opens Up About Planning Wedding to Nick Jonas: 'We Were Like Ohhhh God'," 2 July 2019 In one of the quietest parts of a national library, down narrow hallways and through keyhole doorways, a nondescript set of cabinets holds one of the oldest written collections in Western civilization. Washington Post, "How do you read ancient scrolls too brittle to unfurl? An American scientist may have an answer.," 2 July 2019 Paul Goldberg pokes at the politics of the United States with the stick of Russian cynicism, and simultaneously listens at the keyhole of Russian cynicism with the ear of an Americanized cynic. The New York Review of Books, "Cathleen Schine," 18 Apr. 2019

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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 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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