keynote

noun
key·​note | \ ˈkē-ˌnōt How to pronounce keynote (audio) \

Definition of keynote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

keynote

verb
keynoted; keynoting; keynotes

Definition of keynote (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from keynote

Verb

keynoter noun

Examples of keynote in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News The day before his November 2017 keynote, Mr. Jassy previewed his speech with venture-capital firms in a windowless Las Vegas conference room, two attendees said. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "‘You’re Stupid if You Don’t Get Scared’: When Amazon Goes From Partner to Rival," 1 June 2018 Google likes to keep the I/O schedule vague before the keynote, but there are a few sessions that suggest Google will talk a lot about Material Design 2. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google I/O 2018 preview—What we’re expecting from Google’s big show," 30 Apr. 2018 Apple officially unveiled the iPhone Class of 2018 during its annual keynote event on Wednesday. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The New iPhone XR Comes in 6 Colors and Is (Relatively) Affordable," 12 Sep. 2018 The event, which will feature a keynote by Monero wizard @FluffyPony, is a reminder of how the crypto community is thriving on both coasts—and many other places in between. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Ledger: Who's the Sucker at the Token Table?," 11 May 2018 On Thursday, she is set to attend a round table with high school leaders before a press conference, and then a keynote at Mount Holyoke College. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "San Juan, P.R., mayor lifts up young women in Holyoke," 26 Apr. 2018 But 800 guests faithfully stayed for a keynote by former 49er fan favorite Bill Ring. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s March Madness has a distinct Irish flavor," 20 Mar. 2018 Gantz, a tall, telegenic ex-general with salty hair, delivered his keynote speech to an ecstatic crowd of thousands of people. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu," 29 Jan. 2019 Arguably the feature that stole the watchOS 5 demo at the keynote was Walkie Talkie. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The event will also be at the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley and Lunden’s keynote presentation will be webcast in Escondido. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Volunteers glean fruit to donate to food banks," 25 June 2018 Friday's QuakeCon keynote included a 15-minute Doom Eternal gameplay premiere, showing off the idTech7 engine in action for the first time. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Doom Eternal ushers in idTech 7, bloody new powers," 10 Aug. 2018 Last year’s keynote was more focused on developments in artificial intelligence. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "At Google, ‘responsibility’ upstages new technology," 8 May 2018 Nvidia didn’t pull any punches during its big CES 2019 keynote on Sunday night. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia reveals RTX laptop GPUs, FreeSync support for GeForce graphics cards," 7 Jan. 2019 For the last few years, former chief executive Brian Krzanich’s keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show were a circus of drones and sensors. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 Apple’s Tuesday keynote took place in an affluent but not alienatingly so neighborhood, just a few hundred feet from a Target, and the luxury apartment building Tavi Gevinson used to do sponcon for, and Brooklyn’s second Apple Store. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Silicon Valley brings its “humanist,” “minimalist” aesthetic to Brooklyn.," 31 Oct. 2018 Following September’s keynote that brought us three new iPhones, only a month and a half later, Apple execs have again taken the stage to announce more products. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "New MacBook Air Announced at October 2018 Apple Event," 30 Oct. 2018 Thursday’s keynote panel -- Unknown Big Wins in San Diego -- highlights under-the-radar companies that had successful exits, mostly by being acquired. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Startup Week kicks off downtown, serving up all things for entrepreneurs," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of keynote

Noun

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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keynote

noun

English Language Learners Definition of keynote

: the most important idea or part of something

keynote

noun
key·​note | \ ˈkē-ˌnōt How to pronounce keynote (audio) \

Kids Definition of keynote

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

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