keynote (n.) also key-note, "lowest note of a musical scale, basis of a scale," 1776, from KEY (Cf. key) (n.1) in sense of "musical scale" + NOTE (Cf. note) (n.). Figurative sense of "leading idea" is from 1783; keynote address is 1905, Amer.Eng.

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