key word


Definition of key word

: a word that is a key: such as
a usually keyword \ ˈkē-​ˌwərd How to pronounce keyword (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

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Recent Examples on the Web News outlets from USA Today and E! to the New York Times and People picked up the story, and headlines blared the key words cosmetics reform. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Kourtney Takes Capitol Hill," 13 Aug. 2019 There was not a strong correlation, however, with the key words in the biographies of the less successful men. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Why it's good for business to have a woman at the top," 16 Oct. 2019 Her book exploring how ideological biases are coded into key words is currently under contract with Yale University Press. Wired, "Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling," 14 Oct. 2019 Gonzalez at 925-779-6874 or the police non-emergency line at 925-778-2441.Information can be texted to text-a-tip at 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Coroner identifies man fatally shot in Antioch," 3 Sep. 2019 This allows you to get stuff done in a timely manner by shepherding people, issues, and tasks to completion...completion being the key word. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Climb the Corporate Ladder—No Matter Your Company," 1 July 2019 If the key word in sustainability used to be zero, the next big word will be positive. Jenny Southan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hotel of the Future Produces More Energy Than It Uses," 26 Aug. 2019 Read the key words in a liberal’s and a conservative’s assessment of the campus climate. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019 In watching international terrorism, authorities are able to track key words and phrases in online communications and then seek a warrant to identify the interlocutors. Ron Kampeas,, "9/11-style response needed to fight white supremacists, Jewish security officials say," 13 Aug. 2019

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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 29 Mar. 2020.

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