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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 key·note /ˈkiˌnot/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Key·note n.
 1. Mus. The tonic or first tone of the scale in which a piece or passage is written; the fundamental tone of the chord, to which all the modulations of the piece are referred; -- called also key tone.
 2. The fundamental fact or idea; that which gives the key; as, the keynote of a policy or a sermon.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the principal theme in a speech or literary work
      2: a fundamental or central idea
      3: (music) the first note of a diatonic scale [syn: tonic]
      v 1: set the keynote of; "Comfort keynotes this designer's Fall
      2: give the keynote address to (an audience)