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 The key word there is coordination, and that’s really what this office is about. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2022 There’s no key word in our system to say a photo is a mug shot. cleveland, 26 Feb. 2022 Coach Joe Scott has returned to the academy with his patient Princeton offense, the key word being patient. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2022 Unsurprisingly, there’s one key word missing from Apple’s statement: Android. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The key word in those findings, however, was cranberry products (like supplements)—not cranberry juice. Joni Sweet,, 14 Jan. 2022 The key word to emphasize here is could, because of the roughly 10 studies that have investigated this idea, only a couple have shown that fast metabolizers get more out of using caffeine. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 The key word in Biden’s sentence, of course, is January, long after the holiday season’s current nervousness during the current holiday season about travel and reuniting with family. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 21 Dec. 2021 The key word, as George notes later in the article, is practice. Kevin Kruse, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of key word

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of key word was in 1762

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12 Aug 2022

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“Key word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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