keynote definition

  • noun:
    • The tonic of a musical key.
    • A prime underlying element or theme: "The keynote of the revolution settlement was personal freedom under the law” ( G.M. Trevelyan).
    • The note where a musical key is based.
    • The main theme of a speech, a written work, or a conference.
    • A speech that establishes the key motif of a conference or any other gathering; a keynote address or keynote target.
    • The tonic or first tone regarding the scale which a piece or passage is written; might tone for the chord, to which most of the modulations of this piece are known; -- labeled as additionally key tone.
    • might reality or concept; what provides the key.
    • In music, the tone by which a key (tonality) is started; a tonic. See key, 7 .
    • A central concept or idea; the pivotal point in something, a composition, or a course of action; a controlling thought.
    • (songs) the initial note of a diatonic scale
    • a simple or central idea
    • the key theme in a speech or literary work
  • verb-transitive:
    • To give or set the keynote of.
    • Informal To give a keynote address at: keynoted the hit luncheon.
  • verb:
    • To deliver a speech that sets the key motif of a conference or any other gathering.
    • give the keynote address to (an audience)
    • set the keynote of

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