Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who gives a keynote address.

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  • n. A speaker who delivers the keynote speech of a conference.

Etymologies

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keynote +‎ -er

Examples

  • JEFF GREENFIELD, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: The only way it could matter is that it -- it is -- it's kind of a throwback to the kind of speeches that were routine at conventions decades ago, when you were -- when the keynoter, which is what Zell Miller was, was supposed to come out and basically beat the other party upside the head.

    CNN Transcript Sep 1, 2004

  • In this overview of the 2009 Association of College and Research Librarians National Conference, keynoter Sherman Alexie discusses a terminology conundrum, Mary K. Van Ullen explains the effect of cultural differences on teaching about plagiarisim, Diane Dallis describes Indiana University's planned research commons, and keynoter Ira Glass demonstrates how This American Life uses music to make stories come to life

    Overview of the 2009 Association of College and Research Librarians National Conference

  • Opening keynoter John Paton, JRC's CEO, recounted how he turned a bankrupt newspaper company around by thinking "digital first."

    Magda Abu-Fadil: Newsroom Summit Highlights Digital Engagement

  • Learning Unbound, a Columbus conversation about education, dealt with the perplexing "GM moment for education" when, according to keynoter Bob Wise, the situation demands better outcomes with lower revenues.

    Tom Vander Ark: Online in Ohio

  • He says his event is not political, even though Sarah Palin is a keynoter.

    Chris Benson: 'Beckapalooza' Tramples Emmett Till Anniversary

  • Yet at this salon on Obama's agenda, Steiner is -- as conference keynoter Malcom Gladwell might say -- an outlier.

    Did The White House Turn OFA Into Microsoft?

  • As it turns out, a decision was made that Biden's time would be better spent out in Arizona, were he was the keynoter at the Arizona Democratic Party's Heritage Dinner, its equivalent of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

    Dinner wasn't a big bleeping deal for Biden

  • For all his problems, his dreams of the White House endured until the 2004 Democratic National Convention when Obama was tapped to be the keynoter – a star-making turn launching him on the path to the presidency.

    Blagojevich Basks In The Spotlight Despite Looming Trial

  • Vice President Joe Biden was the keynoter at that event, but, in a turnabout, used the occasion to challenge the Wall-Street friendly Democrats Rubin had assembled to join President Obama in making sure that this economic recovery, unlike the last one, actually benefits the middle class.

    Stop Robert Rubin Before He Kills Again

  • The deficit summit's keynoter, former President Bill Clinton, had warm words for Rubin.

    Stop Robert Rubin Before He Kills Again

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