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.
Recent Examples on the Web That is the code name for Philip's death and subsequent funeral, named after the Forth Bridge, which opened in 1964 and connects Edinburgh to Perth. Rachel Burchfield, Southern Living, "The Difference Between a State Funeral and a Ceremonial Funeral, Plus More Royal Mourning Traditions Explained," 13 Apr. 2021 Clinton’s Secret Service code name is Evergreen, and her initials are HRC. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No evidence of Hillary Clinton link with ship stuck in Suez Canal, trafficking," 26 Mar. 2021 Apple's Car Plays Apple's car plan, under the code name Project Titan, has been an open secret in the automobile and tech world since its inception in 2014. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Report: Apple’s Electric Car Is on Track for 2024 Production," 21 Dec. 2020 Four Seasons Total Landscaping is also my secret code name for a bikini wax. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "The Four Seasons Total Landscaping Memes Are Keeping Us Alive Right Now," 10 Nov. 2020 The queen’s ever-changing code name was at one point Shirley Temple, and no wigs were involved. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Lady Elizabeth Anson, Party Planner to the Royals, Dies at 79," 23 Nov. 2020 Shortly thereafter, Russian agents assigned him a code name. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Ex-Army Green Beret pleads guilty to conspiring with Russians," 21 Nov. 2020 Symantec uses the code name Cicada for the group, which is widely believed to be funded by the Chinese government and also carries the monikers of APT10, Stone Panda, and Cloud Hopper from other research organizations. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Massive, China-state-funded hack hits companies around the world, report says," 18 Nov. 2020 Ben Macintyre, one of the finest writers on spies and international espionage, presents Ursula Beurton, née Kuczynski, code name Agent Sonya. Washington Post, "For your pandemic playlist: 3 new audiobooks that will whisk you away — for a few hours, anyway," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of code name

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of code name was in 1867

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20 Apr 2021

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“Code name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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code name


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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