Definition of keynote in English:

keynote

noun

  • 1A prevailing tone or central theme.

    ‘individuality is the keynote of the Nineties’
    • ‘There were keynote addresses, and smaller seminars and workshops.’
    • ‘The actual content of his speech was pretty close to zero, but that's fine for a convention keynote.’
    • ‘The eight keynote presentations were enthusiastically received by the more than 600 conference delegates.’
    • ‘The seminar will include keynote lectures and technical papers, a discussion section, and short-term courses.’
    • ‘She is a successful, nationally recognized conference keynote speaker and entertainer.’
    • ‘An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 participated in the demonstration while the prime minister was delivering his annual keynote economic speech.’
    • ‘The buzz of menace the incident initially transmits, though, sounds a keynote.’
    • ‘The keynote for the tone of the series was a credible representation of the lives of its three central characters.’
    • ‘He was attending an event in Hong Kong where he delivered a keynote speech.’
    • ‘The keynote of the meeting was outrage rather than compassion.’
    • ‘Individuality, as everywhere in the castle, is the keynote.’
    • ‘Curiously, for a politician who made much of the fact that what happened in the rest of the world was not always Washington's concern, diplomacy has been the keynote of his first months in office.’
    • ‘He is likely to make economic regeneration and social inclusion keynotes of his tenure.’
    • ‘With a new band, spontaneity will be the keynote.’
    • ‘It has that lick of elegance that is the keynote of New Zealand red, the sort of wine that stands proudly on the table and always tastes of ‘more please’.’
    • ‘More than that, though, it has laid a marker for a style of game which has innovation, pace and persistence as its keynotes.’
    • ‘Many times I have experienced ringing cell phones in the middle of my keynote presentations.’
    • ‘That pitch might have been better made against a track record of unimpeachable integrity, where promises had been kept, failure openly acknowledged, and honesty had been the keynote of his government.’
    • ‘This is the keynote, leading to a prolonged examination of how writers have used narrative technique in order to provide aspects of what we guess about consciousness.’
    • ‘Education, health, freedom from crime and improvements to the places where children live are keynotes for the organisation.’
    theme, salient point, point, gist, substance, burden, tenor, heart of the matter, pith, marrow, topic, policy line
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    1. 1.1as modifier (of a speech) setting out the central theme of a conference.
      ‘he delivered the keynote address’
      • ‘The event will include study visits in and around Manchester, keynote speeches, workshops, master classes, fringe events and a major exhibition.’
      • ‘Following a series of keynote speeches, delegates took part in workshops discussing the issue.’
      • ‘And you think about it, you're going to be addressing the entire American people Tuesday night when you deliver this keynote speech.’
      • ‘The three working days of the conference were wall-to-wall keynote speeches, which, for the press at least, were punctuated by press conferences which were often better value.’
      • ‘The humble-sounding Tory leader, in his keynote speech to the party conference in Bournemouth, pledged to make accountability his watchword and said they could deliver.’
      • ‘In his keynote speech to conference on Tuesday, Mr Howard pressed all the right buttons.’
      • ‘The conference began with keynote speeches from Kurzwiel and Tapscott.’
      • ‘She admitted to being nervous about delivering this particular keynote speech.’
      • ‘Prime Ministers' keynote conference speeches usually address two audiences - the delegates in the hall and the wider world outside.’
      • ‘The prime minister used his keynote speech at Labour's spring conference in Gateshead to acknowledge it was largely his fault that his bond with the public had frayed.’
      • ‘I was there to give the keynote speech at a conference on petroleum, and I've had certain influence in the area recently.’
      • ‘The conference was mostly composed of panel discussions and keynote speeches.’
      • ‘The first one would be like a first draft of a Progressive Democrat conference keynote speech, and the second is like a homily from a stern and admonishing bishop.’
      • ‘The shadow chancellor used his keynote speech at the conference to lay to rest calls for the party to differentiate itself from Labour by outlining a timetable for lower taxation.’
      • ‘He is returning in June when he will give the keynote speech at the first Scottish e-learning industry conference.’
      • ‘In less than three years he's become a national figure, visiting 300 organisations and giving 150 keynote speeches.’
      • ‘I may have also neglected to mention that I am going to Australia to deliver my first ever keynote speech.’
      • ‘The five-star Lowry Hotel will be used for keynote speeches and debates.’
      • ‘In his keynote speech to Labour's conference in Brighton, the Prime Minister will underline the importance of shaking up the way public services are delivered.’
      • ‘I want to hang out with my same old friends, but at the same time I want to talk to people who are giving keynote speeches at conferences to ask them for tips and advice and so forth.’
  • 2Music
    The note on which a key is based.

    • ‘Studies of tonality have shown that listeners agree on the keynote of a musical excerpt and that the listeners in turn agree with the composer.’
    • ‘All three forms have in common the flattened third scale degree, producing a characteristic minor 3rd with the keynote.’
    • ‘The candidate will hum or sing and afterwards name the interval of the second, third, fourth or fifth of the major scale as played by the examiner, in succession to the keynote.’
    • ‘They also should be able to sing the keynote of a tonal pattern or song presented by the teacher.’
    • ‘In every type of musical scale, the notes progress in a series of intervals from a keynote to the octave above or below.’

Pronunciation

keynote

/ˈkiːnəʊt/