Definition of keyword in English:

keyword

noun

  • 1A word or concept of great significance:

    ‘homes and jobs are the keywords in the campaign’
    • ‘Compromises, concessions and coalitions became keywords.’
    • ‘The designers shocked the industry by making the two keywords in fashion, pattern and color, obsolete.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What are the keywords on the mood boards at the car designers these days: sexy, aggressive, practical, safe, sporty, flexible, successful, family, active, fun?’
    • ‘My style is to read the stuff, make a mental list of keywords to remind me of what to talk about, then wing it.’
    • ‘The narrative text is quite brief but is well-written and liberally marked up with bold text to identify keywords and key concepts.’
    • ‘In President Bush's second inauguration speech, he used the word ‘freedom’ as the keyword and invoked it a total of 27 times.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The keywords for me are understanding and dialogue.’
    • ‘If you're presenting classical content, keywords can be hyperlinked to useful definitions, references, or more in-depth material.’
    • ‘Take, for instance, this fragment of a 1978 study which mobilizes the concept of assimilation, a keyword in Franco-Ontarian politics.’
    • ‘Every article about this movement will throw in a few keywords about divorce or single parents.’
    • ‘Secrecy was a keyword in their job, and Byron knew his partner assumed, from the terse explanation, that something unforeseen had happened.’
    1. 1.1 A word used in an information retrieval system to indicate the content of a document.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The goal is to rapidly retrieve relevant information by applying Boolean logic to keywords and searching databases optimized for textual storage and retrieval.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A significant word mentioned in an index:
      ‘keywords entered by the indexer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the book has a good index on the keywords and the pages they are described.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were 982 peer reviewed papers indexed by ISI with keywords climate change in the last ten years, till 2003.’
  • 2A word which acts as the key to a cipher or code.

Pronunciation:

keyword

/ˈkiːwəːd/