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keynote

noun key·note \ ˈkē-ˌnōt \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of keynote

1 : the fundamental or central fact, idea, or mood
  • sadness is the keynote of this little collection
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2 : the first and harmonically fundamental tone of a scale

Examples of keynote in a Sentence

  1. Humor is the keynote of the play.

  2. the need for a greater sense of self-reliance is the keynote of his self-help message

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First Known Use of keynote

1677


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keynote

verb

Definition of keynote

transitive verb
1 : to deliver the keynote address at
2 : to set the keynote of

keynoter

noun

Recent Examples of keynote from the Web

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First Known Use of keynote

1877



KEYNOTE Defined for English Language Learners

keynote

noun

Definition of keynote for English Language Learners

  • : the most important idea or part of something


KEYNOTE Defined for Kids

keynote

noun key·note \ ˈkē-ˌnōt \

Definition of keynote for Students

1 : the first tone of a scale fundamental to harmony
2 : the fundamental fact, idea, or mood


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