keynote address


Definition of keynote address

: an address designed to present the issues of primary interest to an assembly (such as a political convention) and often to arouse unity and enthusiasm

called also keynote speech

Examples of keynote address in a Sentence

Many of the convention guests left after the keynote address.
Recent Examples on the Web But Apple still plans a keynote address to unveil new software. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Coronavirus forces Apple’s hand on WWDC," 14 Mar. 2020 For 2020, speaker Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., aka Common, closed out the MLK celebration with a moving keynote address. Sabrina Corsiga, Dallas News, "How Frito-Lay pledges to ‘live the legacy’ of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," 17 Jan. 2020 Perry, in a keynote address at the CERAWeek 2019 conference, predicted that U.S. capacity to export natural gas would expand 150% this year. Michael Biesecker, Twin Cities, "Giuliani pals leveraged GOP access to seek Ukraine gas deal," 23 Dec. 2019 On Saturday, he was set to give the keynote address to the Republican Jewish Coalition’s conference in Las Vegas. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign postpones Milwaukee 'Catholics for Trump' event over coronavirus fears," 12 Mar. 2020 On Sunday, Youngstown-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will launch a canvass kickoff on behalf of Biden in Columbus and Cincinnati, then will give the keynote address at the Butler County Democratic Party gala. Darrel Rowland,, "Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders schedule back-to-back rallies in Ohio on Tuesday," 7 Mar. 2020 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California is slated to give the keynote address Sunday at Brown Chapel AME Church. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "John Lewis-led pilgrimage aims to remind Congress: 'Our vote is our voice'," 6 Mar. 2020 New Yorker editor David Remnick, an academy member, will give the keynote address. Washington Post, "Laurie Anderson among new arts academy inductees," 26 Feb. 2020 Alex Colvin, Public Programs Curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will give the keynote address at the luncheon. al, "Mother Angelica, Justice Janie Shores to be inducted in Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of keynote address

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Keynote address.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of keynote address

: the main speech given at a gathering (such as a political convention)

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