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 \ transitive verb

Examples of code name in a Sentence

Every secret agent has a code name.

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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 Its members traveled the globe — from Mozambique to Papua New Guinea — often using false passports and code names like Daddy Mac and Rambo to scout locations for Mr. Le Roux, watch his assets and maim or murder on his behalf. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "In Spellbinding Testimony, Crime Lord Details Mayhem and Murders," 5 Apr. 2018 Yildiz, who went by the code name Raven, has emerged as one of the most important witnesses of preparations for the coup. Carlotta Gall,, "Turkey hands life sentences to 104 people over coup attempt," 22 May 2018 At some Christian colleges, L.G.B.T.Q. students meet in secret and form clubs, communicating on Facebook with code names. Laura Pappano, New York Times, "At Christian Colleges, a Collision of Gay Rights and Traditional Values," 5 June 2018 That’s the idea behind the second dual-screen device, which Intel didn’t identify by code name. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How Intel is quietly designing the future of dual-display PCs inside its labs," 4 June 2018 The traders used code names when talking about customers and also met in person in New York to discuss particular clients and trading strategies, according to the indictment. David Mclaughlin,, "Ex-JPMorgan Trader Latest Charged for Currency-Market Scam," 10 May 2018 Meet Tiger Rapids, the two-screen PC for your hand One of the prototype devices has been blessed with a public code name: Tiger Rapids, which might be called today’s two-screen PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How Intel is quietly designing the future of dual-display PCs inside its labs," 4 June 2018 Now after 26 years, Hornburg is retiring, the past 11 as the afternoon downtown beat cop — code name Frank 10 in Aurora police parlance — which also entails being sergeant-at-arms during City Council meetings. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Long-time Aurora City Council sergeant-at-arms retires," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of code name

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of code name was in 1919

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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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