[ kee-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈkiˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /


the row or set of keys on a piano, organ, or the like.
a set of keys usually arranged in tiers, for operating a typewriter, typesetting machine, computer terminal, or the like.
any of various musical instruments played by means of a pianolike keyboard, as a piano, electric piano, or organ.

verb (used with or without object)

Also key, key in. Computers. to enter (information) into a computer by means of a keyboard.
to set (text) in type, using a machine that is operated by a keyboard.

Origin of keyboard

First recorded in 1810–20; key1 + board


key·board·er, key·board·ist, nounre·key·board, verb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for keyboard

/ (ˈkiːˌbɔːd) /


  1. a complete set of keys, usually hand-operated, as on a piano, organ, typewriter, or typesetting machine
  2. (as modifier)a keyboard instrument
(often plural) a musical instrument, esp an electronic one, played by means of a keyboard


to set (a text, etc) in type, onto magnetic tape, or into some other medium, by using a keyboard machine

Derived forms of keyboard

keyboarder, noun
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