or key word
[ kee-wurd ]
/ ˈkiˌwɜrd /
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.”
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Examples from the Web for keywords
The government has banned has 138 keywords words from use on the Internet.
Small reproductions of the charts, with a table of keywords: 30 copies for 1s.The Sounds of Spoken English|Walter Rippmann
British Dictionary definitions for keywords
/ (ˈkiːˌwɜːd) /
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