Translation of "key" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /kiː/ us /ki/

A1 a piece of metal that you use for locking a door or starting an engine

I’ve lost my car keys.

A2 a list of answers to an exercise or game

The answer key is on page 134.

one of the parts you press on a computer keyboard to produce letters and numbers


one of the parts you press on a musical instrument to make a sound


a set of musical notes based on one particular note

the key of D major
the key to something

B1 the thing that you must do in order to achieve something

la clave de algo
Hard work is the key to success.
adjective uk /kiː/ us /ki/

very important in influencing or achieving something

a key factor in solving the problem
verb uk /kiː/ us /ki/ also key in

to put information into a computer using a keyboard

Key in your name and password.

(Translation of “key” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /kiː/

an instrument or tool by which something (eg a lock or a nut) is turned

Have you got the key for this door?

in musical instruments, one of the small parts pressed to sound the notes

piano keys.

in a typewriter, calculator etc , one of the parts which one presses to cause a letter etc to be printed, displayed etc.


the scale in which a piece of music is set

What key are you playing in?
the key of F.

something that explains a mystery or gives an answer to a mystery, a code etc

the key to the whole problem.

in a map etc , a table explaining the symbols etc used in it.

keyboard noun

the keys in a piano, typewriter etc arranged along or on a flat board

The pianist sat down at the keyboard and began to play
A computer keyboard looks like that of a typewriter
(also adjective) harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments.

any keyboard (musical) instrument

instrumento de teclado
The album features Mick Brown on keyboards.
keyhole noun

the hole in which a key of a door etc is placed

ojo de la cerradura
The child looked through the keyhole to see if his teacher was still with his parents.
keyhole surgery noun

(medical) surgery done through a very small cut in the body.

cirugía cerrada, cirugía no invasiva
keynote noun

the chief note in a musical key.


the chief point or theme (of a lecture etc).

idea fundamental
keypad noun

a small set of buttons that you press to operate an electronic device such as a calculator, a remote control, or a telephone.


(computing) a separate set of buttons on the right of a computer keyboard.

teclado numérico
keyring noun

a small ring that you keep keys on.

keyed up adjective

excited; tense

nervioso, excitado
Everybody was keyed up for a visit and inspection by the regional manager.

(Translation of “key” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)