Keynote (noun)

  1. A speech or presentation that sets the tone or theme for a conference, meeting, or event.
  2. A main or central idea or principle that underlies or is emphasized in a speech, presentation, or work of art.
  3. The main melody or theme in music.


The word 'keynote' originated from the musical term meaning 'the tonic or principal note in a key'.


  1. The keynote speaker at the conference gave a powerful and inspiring address.
  2. The keynote address set the tone for the rest of the conference, outlining the main goals and objectives.
  3. The keynote of the symphony was a beautiful and intricate melody.
  4. The keynote of the painting was a vivid and bold use of color.
  5. The keynote of the film was a message of hope and perseverance.
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