Definition of keyword in English:

keyword

noun

  • 1A word or concept of great significance.

    ‘homes and jobs are the keywords in the campaign’
    • ‘My style is to read the stuff, make a mental list of keywords to remind me of what to talk about, then wing it.’
    • ‘What are the keywords on the mood boards at the car designers these days: sexy, aggressive, practical, safe, sporty, flexible, successful, family, active, fun?’
    • ‘The keywords in the future will be convenience, reliability and sensitivity.’
    • ‘Similarly, remote precursors of threats such as the appearance and frequency of specific keywords and discussions by various military, news, and independent sources are continuously monitored.’
    • ‘Every article about this movement will throw in a few keywords about divorce or single parents.’
    • ‘Take, for instance, this fragment of a 1978 study which mobilizes the concept of assimilation, a keyword in Franco-Ontarian politics.’
    • ‘The keywords for me are understanding and dialogue.’
    • ‘The narrative text is quite brief but is well-written and liberally marked up with bold text to identify keywords and key concepts.’
    • ‘She rattles off a dozen questions usually put to contestants and comes up with answers, which have the keywords - confidence, optimism, and determination - sprinkled all over.’
    • ‘Secrecy was a keyword in their job, and Byron knew his partner assumed, from the terse explanation, that something unforeseen had happened.’
    • ‘In President Bush's second inauguration speech, he used the word ‘freedom’ as the keyword and invoked it a total of 27 times.’
    • ‘Compromises, concessions and coalitions became keywords.’
    • ‘The designers shocked the industry by making the two keywords in fashion, pattern and color, obsolete.’
    • ‘If you're presenting classical content, keywords can be hyperlinked to useful definitions, references, or more in-depth material.’
    1. 1.1A word used in an information retrieval system to indicate the content of a document.
      • ‘The goal is to rapidly retrieve relevant information by applying Boolean logic to keywords and searching databases optimized for textual storage and retrieval.’
      • ‘Filtering systems generally search for keywords on web pages or e-mails, examine images to identify human skin tones, and monitor domain names and server addresses to screen out those considered unsavoury.’
      • ‘Log files listed information on each document, including the date of publication, document title, and a set of keywords describing the content of the document.’
      • ‘Search engines can access contextual information instead of just keywords.’
      • ‘What's interesting about the idea of an anonymous e-mail search engine is that you could search on content keywords and probably get your mail without even remembering your account name.’
    2. 1.2A significant word mentioned in an index.
      ‘keywords entered by the indexer’
      • ‘There were 982 peer reviewed papers indexed by ISI with keywords climate change in the last ten years, till 2003.’
      • ‘A master index of keywords are also used to link a small list of relative articles at the end of each newsletter.’
      • ‘Most essays are followed by a short bibliography, and there is a seven-page keyword and person index.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the book has a good index on the keywords and the pages they are described.’
      • ‘To look up something you wanted, you had to search for the keyword in the index volumes, go to the Micropaedia for a summary of the entries, decide on the ones that seem to have the answers, and then read the relevant volumes of the Macropaedia.’
  • 2A word which acts as the key to a cipher or code.

Pronunciation:

keyword

/ˈkiːwəːd/