keynote: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kē'nōt"), [key]
— n., v., -not•ed, -not•ing.
  1. the note or tone on which a key or system of tones is founded; the tonic.
  2. the main idea or central principle of a speech, program, thought, action, etc.
  3. the policy line to be followed, as by a party in a political campaign, that is set forth authoritatively in advance by an address or other formal announcement.
  4. See
  1. to announce the policy of (a political party, campaign, assembly, etc.); deliver a keynote address at: The governor will keynote the convention.
  2. to serve as the keynote for.
  3. to give the keynote of.
  1. to provide a keynote, esp. a keynote address: He refused an invitation to keynote.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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