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keyword

or key word

[ kee-wurd ]
/ ˈkiˌwɜrd /
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noun

a word that serves as a key, as to the meaning of another word, a sentence, passage, or the like.
a word used to encipher or decipher a cryptogram, as a pattern for a transposition procedure or the basis for a complex substitution.
Also called catchword. Library Science. a significant or memorable word or term in the title, abstract, or text of a document or other item being indexed, used as the index entry.
Digital Technology. a word used to classify or organize digital content, or to facilitate an online search for information: Search the database for the keyword “Ireland.”

RELATED WORDS

abracadabra, access, key, password, watchword, abraxas, opener, paternoster

Nearby words

keystone species, keystone state, keystoner, keystroke, keyway, keyword, keyword indexing, keyword stuffing, keziah, kg, kg-m

Origin of keyword

First recorded in 1855–60; key1 + word
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British Dictionary definitions for keyword

keyword

/ (ˈkiːˌwɜːd) /

noun

a word used as a key to a code
any significant word or phrase, esp a word used to describe the contents of a document
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Word Origin and History for keyword

keyword


n.

also key-word, 1807, from key (n.1) + word (n.). Originally in reference to codes and ciphers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper