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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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 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

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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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