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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of keynote address was in 1863

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“Keynote address.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

keynote address

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

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