code name


Definition of code name

: a designation having a coded and usually secret meaning

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Other Words from code name

code-name \ ˈkōd-​ˌnām How to pronounce code-name (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of code name in a Sentence

Every secret agent has a code name.

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Others centered on Highlights, the code name for an experimental project Google has tested that allows influential people, like politicians and musicians, to post text updates that appear directly in search results. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google Workers Discussed Tweaking Search Function to Counter Travel Ban," 20 Sep. 2018 Unless Melissa is a code name, Meghan's private assistant secretary, Amy Pickerill, who was appointed in February, should still be on duty, meaning the Duchess of Sussex isn't left with no help. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Personal Assistant Has Reportedly Quit After Six Months on the Job," 10 Nov. 2018 Williams is accused of acquiring the drugs on the dark web, where people search for drugs through secret web browsers and buy them using encrypted channels, code names and virtual currencies. Brian Witte, The Seattle Times, "Naval Academy midshipmen court-martialed over drug case," 4 Sep. 2018 Big merger-and-acquisition deals routinely have code names to ensure secrecy during negotiations, and so do economic development projects. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Amazon Kept HQ2 Under Wraps Using These Code Names," 17 Nov. 2018 Skripal admitted selling the names, addresses and code names of dozens of Russian agents to MI6 over 10 years. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "U.S. expels 60 Russian diplomats after Sergei Skripal poisoning: What we know," 26 Mar. 2018 Each group gets a code name after an element on the periodic table. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft CEO Nadella welcomes scrutiny that has roiled tech industry. Easy for him to say," 9 Oct. 2018 Filmed in New Orleans in 2014 under the code name Valencia, few details were known about the production until nerd-world Svengali Abrams revealed the film's real title and surprise release date back in January. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Spring's Coolest Shades," 10 Mar. 2016 We are then introduced to a beautiful, classical music-loving assassin (code name: Bach), who totes a pistol named Anna Magdalena. Sarah Weinman,, "Bill Clinton Is Bungling His Publicity Tour. But … How’s the Book?," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of code name

1919, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of code name

: a name that is used to keep someone's or something's real name a secret

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