key word


Definition of key word

: a word that is a key: such as
a usually keyword \ ˈkē-​ˌwərd How to pronounce key word (audio) \ : a significant word from a title or document used especially as an index to content
b : a word exemplifying the meaning or value of a letter or symbol

Examples of key word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What particularly stood out to me in the first day of the conference was a key word: Access. Fortune, "Health care’s access dilemma and lessons from Brainstorm Health," 29 Apr. 2021 The key word is designated: Mr. Lazio won support from party leaders at its convention, but lost the nomination to Carl Paladino in the primary that year. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo’s Pandemic Powers Remain Unchecked, Republicans Say," 25 Apr. 2021 The key word mentioned by LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns and others: accountability, which carries particular weight with athletes. Star Tribune, "Sports, accountability and the Derek Chauvin verdict," 21 Apr. 2021 The key word there is ability, and ability is enhanced and improved and expanded primarily in an environment of education and support – aka the incubator with its mentors. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why mentoring and incubators should be part of the economic landscape," 16 Nov. 2020 The concept gets a little tricky though, where the key word is someone else’s trademark. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Amazon survives challenge on keyword advertising," 18 Aug. 2020 Then there is still that key word at the end to remind people that there are benefits in living generously. Star Tribune, "How Thrivent is gently raising its distinctive profile in a moment of change," 8 Aug. 2020 Keep in mind, though, that the key word here is slowly. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, "How Long Is Frozen Turkey Good For? Here's Your Go-To Guide," 8 May 2020 Her book exploring how ideological biases are coded into key words is currently under contract with Yale University Press. Francesca Tripodi, Wired, "Google and the Cost of ‘Data Voids’ During a Pandemic," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of key word

1762, in the meaning defined above

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“Key word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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