Definition of keynote in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkiːnəʊt/


1A prevailing tone or central theme: individuality is the keynote of the Nineties
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  • The keynote for the tone of the series was a credible representation of the lives of its three central characters.
  • There were keynote addresses, and smaller seminars and workshops.
  • An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 participated in the demonstration while the prime minister was delivering his annual keynote economic speech.
theme, salient point, point, gist, substance, burden, tenor, heart of the matter, pith, marrow, topic, policy line;
essence, heart, core, basis, essential feature/element, defining characteristic, centre, kernel, nucleus
1.1 [as modifier] (Of a speech) setting out the central theme of a conference: he delivered the keynote address
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  • The three working days of the conference were wall-to-wall keynote speeches, which, for the press at least, were punctuated by press conferences which were often better value.
  • The first one would be like a first draft of a Progressive Democrat conference keynote speech, and the second is like a homily from a stern and admonishing bishop.
  • I want to hang out with my same old friends, but at the same time I want to talk to people who are giving keynote speeches at conferences to ask them for tips and advice and so forth.
2 Music The note on which a key is based.
Example sentences
  • They also should be able to sing the keynote of a tonal pattern or song presented by the teacher.
  • Studies of tonality have shown that listeners agree on the keynote of a musical excerpt and that the listeners in turn agree with the composer.
  • All three forms have in common the flattened third scale degree, producing a characteristic minor 3rd with the keynote.



Example sentences
  • ‘Change is Inevitable: Growth is Optional’ will be the topic of discussion for this keynoter, who is a former camper and counselor.
  • I'm appalled that the Republican party would use as its keynoter someone who was once a proud segregationist.
  • I had ample opportunity to depart from my prepared texts during five workshops to sound a note discordant from the previous keynoters.

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