key tone
Keynote 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. The fundamental fact or idea; that which gives the key; as, the keynote of a policy or a sermon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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