verb (used with object), key·not·ed, key·not·ing.
verb (used without object), key·not·ed, key·not·ing.
Examples from the Web for keynote
I flew to Peru to hear her give a keynote speech at an international conference.
To this end, CAIR has invited Rev. Al Sharpton to be the keynote speaker at its 20th anniversary dinner to be held next month.
But Pence, who was slated to keynote this conference in just a few minutes?
He was a soaring star from the moment he finished his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
One of the keynote speakers at the CCCU conference is David Kinnaman, the president of the Barna Group.How Creationism Hurts Christian Colleges—And Their Students|Karl W. Giberson|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With the sweet potato, as with other crops, rotation is the keynote of success.The Vegetable Garden|Anonymous
The few sporadic attempts, thus he told himself, had only touched the keynote.The Octopus|Frank Norris
The Greeks had their keynote in the middle of the scale, and used chiefly the minor scale of our music.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
The ray, the blasting ray that whiffed into non-existence all that it touched, was the keynote.Astounding Stories, May, 1931|Various
The keynote of reformative harmony is struck in a prison rgime that ministers meticulously to marketable knowledge and skill.Criminal Types|V. M. Masten
British Dictionary definitions for keynote
- a central or determining principle in a speech, literary work, etc
- (as modifier)a keynote speech
Word Origin and History for keynote
also key-note, "lowest note of a musical scale, basis of a scale," 1776, from key (n.1) in sense of "musical scale" + note (n.). Figurative sense of "leading idea" is from 1783; keynote address is 1905, American English.