Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the principal theme in a speech or literary work
  2. (noun, cognition) a fundamental or central idea
  3. (noun, communication) (music) the first note of a diatonic scale
  4. (verb, change) set the keynote of
  5. (verb, communication) give the keynote address to (an audience)

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Synonyms of Keynote


Alternate forms of Keynote

Derivations: keynote

Hyponyms: c

Hypernyms: address, idea, musical note, note, set, speak, subject, theme, thought, tone, topic

Origin of the word Keynote

  1. "lowest note of a musical scale, basis of a scale," 1776, from key (1) in sense of "musical scale" + note. Fig. sense of "leading idea" is from 1783; keynote address is 1905, Amer.Eng. more

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