[k_ˈiː_n_əʊ_t], [kˈiːnə͡ʊt], [kˈiːnə‍ʊt]

Definitions of keynote:

  1.   The key or fundamental note of a piece of music. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Fundamental note of a given scale or musical piece. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   The fundamental note. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4.   The basal note in a system of musical notes; ruling principle. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for keynote:

  1. Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization. – Henri Bergson
  2. Orrin Hatch was the keynote speaker at the last meeting of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He sought me out because he was a fan. I was thinking he had confused me with someone else. – Ted Rall

Usage examples for keynote:

  1. This same selfishness has been the keynote of her policy down to the present day, except as the force of circumstances has modified it. ” – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  2. What is the keynote to good breeding? ” – Entertainments for Home, Church and School by Frederica Seeger
  3. Conquest was not a familiar word in the vocabulary of James Madison, and he may well have prayed to be delivered from the hands of his friends, if this was to be the keynote of their defense of his policy in West Florida. ” – Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Allen Johnson
  4. The voices were those of Mrs. Goring and Leyden, and anger was the keynote of the discussion. ” – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  5. Ambition, she said, with a slow emphasis, is the keynote of Mr. Quarrier's character. ” – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  6. It was the keynote to the Imperialist hopes. ” – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  7. What is the keynote to good manners? ” – Games For All Occasions by Mary E. Blain
  8. Indeed, the keynote of government is injustice. ” – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  9. From this point of view the first verse strikes the keynote of the whole. ” – Mr. Gladstone and Genesis Essay #5 from "Science and Hebrew Tradition" by Thomas Henry Huxley
  10. He was a painter of much culture, and the keynote of his art is refinement. ” – A Text-Book of the History of Painting by John C. Van Dyke