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 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 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 There also were maps of Afghanistan noting the positions of Soviet troops, diagrams showing where military equipment was stored, along with code names. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "Accused spy Paul Whelan would not be first American set up by Russians," 22 Jan. 2020 The zoo has no code name for its Queen, but the process is an emotional, physical and logistical ordeal, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, Don Neiffer, and senior curator and elephant specialist, Bryan Amaral, said last week. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "What happens when an old elephant dies? Zoo officials have a plan.," 17 Jan. 2020 The company assigned them code names: Mr. White for Shah and Mr. Pink for Khan. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 The group used cellphones registered in another person’s name or to fictitious names and used code names for the drugs, according to a grand jury indictment. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Richmond Heights dealer sentenced to 40 years that led drug operation that used shared cellphone," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of code name

1919, in the meaning defined above

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28 Mar 2020

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“Code name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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