code name


Definition of code name

: a designation having a coded and usually secret meaning

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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 Part 3 ended with a cliffhanger: As the robbers went after the Bank of Spain, Nairobi (Alba Flores) — the characters’ code names are international cities — took a shot to the chest and the police captured Lisbon (Itziar Ituño). Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Good Boys’ and ‘Money Heist’," 4 Apr. 2020 The firm typically applies secret code names and restricts information about each of its projects to small teams. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Black Cube: The Bumbling Spies of the ‘Private Mossad’," 18 June 2019 One example was Lakefield, the code name for an unusual bundle of semiconductors, created by stacking multiple chips to save space. Don Clark, New York Times, "Intel’s Culture Needed Fixing. Its C.E.O. Is Shaking Things Up.," 1 Mar. 2020 There are people who, when running for SGA president, fantasize about what their Secret Service code name will be. Kyle Whitmire, al, "This is the most dangerous election. And the most important.," 7 Apr. 2020 The next week Starbucks launched an internal initiative with a fitting code name: The Lorax Project. Dria Roland, Fortune, "How a Dr. Seuss book inspired Starbucks’ commitment to sustainability," 17 Mar. 2020 Nite Owl and Silk Spectre are both the second to use those code names; their predecessors fought crime alongside the Comedian in the World War II-era group known as the Minutemen. Christian Holub,, "The beginner’s guide to Watchmen: What you need to know going into the HBO show," 20 Oct. 2019 Camero connected to a command and control server that has links to SideWinder, the code name for a malicious hacking group that has been targeting military entities since at least 2012. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Researchers unearth malicious Google Play apps linked to active exploit hackers," 6 Jan. 2020 Even the code name of the case — Operation Encore — has never been published before. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Code name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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