code word
noun Date: 1884 1. code name 2. euphemism

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  • code word — code words also codeword, code word 1) N COUNT A code word is a word or phrase that has a special meaning, different from its normal meaning, for the people who have agreed to use it in this way. Their instructions were to volunteer for a special …   English dictionary

  • code|word — code word, or code|word «KOHD WURD», noun. 1. a seemingly inoffensive word or expression: »Those who advise us that “law and order” is a codeword for racism... (National Review). 2. = code name: (Cf. ↑code name) »He was given a codeword to be… …   Useful english dictionary

  • code word — n 1.) a word or phrase that is given a different meaning to its usual meaning, so that it can be used to communicate something secretly 2.) a word or expression that you use instead of a more direct one when you want to avoid shocking someone… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • code word — ☆ code word n. 1. a word or phrase with a secret meaning, often, specif., one used to convey an idea or attitude that cannot be openly divulged because it is socially or politically unacceptable 2. a euphemistic word or phrase …   English World dictionary

  • code word — code′ word n. cvb a euphemistic or politically acceptable catchword or phrase used instead of a blunter or less acceptable term • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • code word — I. noun 1. : code name 2. : code group II. noun : euphemism interpreting “compatibility” as a code word for stifling dissent, the faculty denounced the memorandum Robert Griffith …   Useful english dictionary

  • Code word — For other uses, see Code word (disambiguation). In communication, a code word is an element of a standardized code or protocol. Each code word is assembled in accordance with the specific rules of the code and assigned a unique meaning. Code… …   Wikipedia

  • code word — kodinis žodis statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Kriptonimas, vartojamas žvalgybos įslaptintiems duomenims atpažinti. atitikmenys: angl. code word pranc. mot code …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • code word — kodinis žodis statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Žodis, kurio reikšmė įslaptinta ir kuriam suteiktas atitinkamas slaptumo laipsnis, kad nebūtų atskleisti ketinimai ir informacija, susijusi su slaptu planu ar operacija. atitikmenys: angl. code… …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • code-word — see code word …   English dictionary

  • code word — /ˈkoʊd wɜd/ (say kohd werd) noun 1. a word used by agreement as a secret signal to someone else, or as a name for a secret operation. 2. a word or phrase used to avoid one which might seem too blunt, in the expectation that people will interpret… …   Australian English dictionary

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