or key word
- 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.”
Origin of keyword
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Words for keywordsabracadabra, access, key, password, watchword, abraxas, keyword, opener, paternoster
Examples from the Web for keywords
Contemporary Examples of keywords
The government has banned has 138 keywords words from use on the Internet.What Scares Turkey’s Women?
March 21, 2012
Historical Examples of keywords
Small reproductions of the charts, with a table of keywords: 30 copies for 1s.The Sounds of Spoken English
- 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 keywords
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper