code name

noun

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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Her secret service name was Tranquility, her code name. Fox News, "Rove, Gingrich, Baier and Hume pay tribute to Barbara Bush," 19 Apr. 2018 News of the movie first leaked last November, when The Albuquerque Journal reported that a Bad movie was filming under the code name Greenbrier. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Watch the first teaser for the Breaking Bad movie," 24 Aug. 2019 According to a report by The Daily Mail UK, Lynch, 31, plays a new agent who takes over Bond’s iconic code name, with Daniel Craig‘s character living in Jamaica as a retiree after the events of 2015’s Spectre. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch to Take Over as 007 from Daniel Craig's James Bond: Report," 15 July 2019 Typical for economic development deals, the project was cloaked in secrecy and had a code name: Project Shuttle. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Insulation plant divides community in West Virginia," 9 June 2019 Then the boxer called and Jo bestowed another code name. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Immigrant Song," 30 July 2019 All the other marksman teams had taken up code names by then to confuse the Russians. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, "Wolves of Karelia," 19 July 2019 These include a muscular new console currently under the code name Project Scarlett, which is expected to launch for next year’s holiday season. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Cloud Gaming May Be Microsoft’s to Lose," 12 June 2019 The report, with its titillating redactions, copious footnotes, mind-numbing legal jargon and endlessly intricate details, dates and code names, is a cipher for fraught political times. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "How the Mueller report became a live-theater summer sensation," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of code name

1919, in the meaning defined above

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code name

noun

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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