code word


Examples of code word in a Sentence

The code word “conflict” has been used for what some people are calling a war.
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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of code word was in 1884

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“Code word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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