What does keynote mean?

Definitions for keynote

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word keynote.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. keynotenoun

    the principal theme in a speech or literary work

  2. keynotenoun

    a fundamental or central idea

  3. tonic, keynoteverb

    (music) the first note of a diatonic scale

  4. keynoteverb

    set the keynote of

    "Comfort keynotes this designer's Fall collection"

  5. keynoteverb

    give the keynote address to (an audience)


  1. keynotenoun

    The note on which a musical key is based.

  2. keynotenoun

    The main theme of a speech, a written work, or a conference.

  3. keynotenoun

    A speech that sets the main theme of a conference or other gathering; a keynote speech or keynote address.

  4. keynoteverb

    To deliver a speech that sets the main theme of a conference or other gathering.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keynotenoun

    the tonic or first tone of the scale in which a piece or passage is written; the fundamental tone of the chord, to which all the modulations of the piece are referred; -- called also key tone

  2. Keynotenoun

    the fundamental fact or idea; that which gives the key; as, the keynote of a policy or a sermon


  1. Keynote

    A keynote in literature, music, or public speaking is a talk that establishes the main underlying theme. In corporate or commercial settings, greater importance is attached to the delivery of a keynote speech or keynote address. The keynote lays the framework for the following programme of events or convention agenda; frequently the role of keynote speaker will include the role of convention moderator. It will also flag up a larger idea — a literary story, an individual musical piece or event. At political or industrial conventions and expositions and at academic conferences, the keynote address or keynote speech is delivered to set the underlying tone and summarize the core message or most important revelation of the event. Some of the more famous keynote speeches in the United States are those made at the party conventions during Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns. Keynote speakers at these events have often gained nationwide fame; for example, Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and have occasionally influenced the course of the election. In the commercial arena, Steve Jobs delivered some of the most influential keynote speeches at Apple product, system and service launches.

Suggested Resources

  1. keynote

    Song lyrics by keynote -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by keynote on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce keynote?

How to say keynote in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keynote in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keynote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of keynote in a Sentence

  1. Marian Thier:

    I landed in Florence at six o'clock in the morning, gave a keynote speech and returned to the airport that evening to fly back to the U.S., i thought, I am never doing this again.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    If a person speaks against the function of the media system of whose he himself a part of it for many years in an organisation and holds there a prized position; does prominent program for it; delivers keynote speeches or debate or panel discussion on the public platforms and gets a lot of audience applaud & appreciation, does not get ousted and face disciplinary action, then it is worth to doubt to unearth his real,hidden intention behind doing any sort of opposition of its operation.

  3. Kim Yo Jong:

    His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the US for over half a century, now that what the keynote of the Kim Yo Jong new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the US will find itself in a very grave situation.

  4. Phil Schiller:

    The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions.

  5. Tim Miller:

    Heston met with Jeb at that NRA convention and was the head of the NRA at the time, but it was Kayne Robinson who presented Jeb with the rifle for being keynote speaker.

Images & Illustrations of keynote

  1. keynotekeynotekeynotekeynotekeynote

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for keynote

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • toonika, pääpuhe, avauspuhe, pääaihe, perussävelFinnish
  • bun-smooinaghtManx
  • presentazione, tonica, argomentoItalian
  • keynoteLatin
  • keynotePortuguese
  • inledningsföredrag, nyckelanförande, tema, öppningstal, grundtonSwedish

Get even more translations for keynote »


Find a translation for the keynote definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these keynote definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "keynote." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 25 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/keynote>.

    Are we missing a good definition for keynote? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    warn strongly; put on guard
    • A. abrade
    • B. knead
    • C. suffuse
    • D. monish

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for keynote: