keynote

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noun

key·​note ˈkē-ˌnōt How to pronounce keynote (audio)
1
: the fundamental or central fact, idea, or mood
sadness is the keynote of this little collection Books Abroad
One keynote of his mind has been his interest in deceit, his perceptions about the use of flimflam in modern life … Stanley Kauffmann
2
music : the first and harmonically fundamental tone of a scale
3
: keynote address
Following Tuesday morning's keynote, sessions progress through all areas. Jim Rosenberg
Sprinting from workshops to motivational keynotes featuring famous faces and wannabes, I came away inspired and armed with information … Peggy Klaus

keynote

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verb

keynoted; keynoting; keynotes

transitive verb

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

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Example Sentences

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
Apple unveiled four new iPhones, new AirPods Pro and three new Apple Watches at its Wednesday keynote. Bradley Olson And Brian Patrick Byrne, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 That comes down to August 30th for a September 6th keynote. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Aug. 2022 The executives were speaking a day after Netflix global TV head Bela Bajaria took the stage for a keynote. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 15 June 2022 More details on the event will be available in the future, including activities leading up to the main keynote program on the 29th of September. Hartford Courant, 9 Sep. 2022 The update didn't get a release date during Apple's big keynote, but shortly afterward, the iOS 16 website was updated with release information. Samuel Axon And Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 7 Sep. 2022 The session will take place as part of the Media Mastermind keynote series and will be moderated by Variety’s executive editor of international and senior writer, Manori Ravindran. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 6 Sep. 2022 Save for the iPhone 14 mini mistake, which could be just a placeholder name the mysterious retailer might be using in its marketing materials, pending Apple’s keynote. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Aug. 2022 Gosar returned after delivering the keynote last year. Grayson Quay, The Week, 28 Feb. 2022
Verb
Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist who was found guilty of criminal contempt of Congress last month for defying a subpoena from the committee, will keynote a speech on Friday. Rick Klein, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 Professor Cornel West is scheduled to keynote a leadership conference in Detroit on Thursday. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 18 Aug. 2022 High-profile national Republicans, such as McCarthy, often keynote the dinner. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 7 July 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris will keynote the NAACP convention on Monday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the organization’s president told NBC News. Sahil Kapur, NBC News, 15 July 2022 On Tuesday, weeks after the shooting, Florida Democrats announced Pritzker will keynote the state's leadership gala this weekend. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 13 July 2022 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is headed to South Carolina later this month to keynote the state Republican Party’s annual fundraising gala. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 7 July 2022 A month later, reports circulated that Orban had invited Trump to pay a visit to Hungary and perhaps keynote a major gathering of Western nationalists. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Melinda Richter will keynote the event for BIO Alabama, the trade organization for the biosciences, on April 25 and 26 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of keynote was in 1677

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“Keynote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keynote. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

keynote

noun

key·​note ˈkē-ˌnōt How to pronounce keynote (audio)
1
: the first tone of a scale fundamental to harmony
2
: the fundamental fact, idea, or mood

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