One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally: a band of leather, fabric, metal, etc., for carrying keys and keeping them together. Later chiefly: a band or strap holding the key for a locker at a swimming pool, sports centre, etc., typically worn round the wrist or ankle.
2Art and Architecture. A band or strip of key pattern forming a decorative border; a fret or meander.
Late Middle English. From key + band.
key band/ˈkiː band/
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