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code word

noun

Simple Definition of code word

  • : a word or phrase that has a secret meaning or that is used instead of another word or phrase to avoid speaking directly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of code word

  1. 1 :  code name

  2. 2 :  euphemism

Examples of code word in a sentence

  1. The code word conflict has been used for what some people are calling a war.



1884

First Known Use of code word

1884


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