code name


Definition of code name

: a designation having a coded and usually secret meaning

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 Blanchard, who has a math degree from Auburn University, got a security code name. al, 16 May 2022 Even her family marveled at her seemingly inexhaustible energy, and Father howled with glee when the British, during World War II, gave Mother the code name of Rover. James Roosevelt, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Such disastrous potential has been clear since 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, the moment Manhattan Project scientists detonated the first atomic bomb, code name Trinity, at a test site in the white sands of New Mexico. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 The man leading the ritual — code name: Eisen — swung the machete overhead. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 Also in the command center: Oleksander’s sword and crossbow — a nod to his code name, Witcher, the protagonist in a fantasy novel series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2022 The organisation assigns a two-character code name for airlines and a three-character code for airports for easy identification. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2022 Navalny, who never ceases to be flabbergasted at how stupid — to use his word — the Russian authorities are, has a code name for that stupidity: Moscow 4. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 Jan. 2022 Gothamist reports that the remake is shooting around New York under the code name San Juan Hill (a reference to the nickname for the neighborhood where West Side Story is set). Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Code name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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