Foxtrot

communications code word
Fox·​trot | \ ˈfäks-ˌträt How to pronounce Foxtrot (audio) \

Definition of Foxtrot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used as a code word for the letter f

foxtrot

noun
fox·​trot | \ ˈfäks-ˌträt How to pronounce foxtrot (audio) \
variants: or less commonly fox-trot or fox trot
plural foxtrots also fox-trots or fox trots

Definition of foxtrot (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a short broken slow trotting gait in which the hind foot of the horse hits the ground a trifle before the diagonally opposite forefoot
2 : a ballroom dance in duple time with slow walking steps, quick running steps, and the step of the two-step also : the music for this dance The band played a foxtrot.

fox-trot

verb
\ ˈfäks-ˌträt How to pronounce fox-trot (audio) \
fox-trotted; fox-trotting; fox-trots

Definition of fox-trot (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to dance the foxtrot

First Known Use of Foxtrot

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Foxtrot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Foxtrot. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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