- Music. the note or tone on which a key or system of tones is founded; the tonic.
- the main idea or central principle of a speech, program, thought, action, etc.
- 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.
- keynote address.
- to announce the policy of (a political party, campaign, assembly, etc.); deliver a keynote address at: The governor will keynote the convention.
- to serve as the keynote for.
- Music. to give the keynote of.
- to provide a keynote, especially a keynote address: He refused an invitation to keynote.
Origin of keynote
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Examples from the Web for keynoted
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He has long been close to Michele Bachmann, who keynoted a fundraising gala for his ministry, “You Can Run but You Cannot Hide.”Uproar Over Evangelist Bradlee Dean's Obama Slur
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- a central or determining principle in a speech, literary work, etc
- (as modifier)a keynote speech
- the note upon which a scale or key is based; tonic
- to deliver a keynote address to (a political convention, etc)
- to outline (political issues, policy, etc) in or as in a keynote address
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Word Origin and History for keynoted
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