pass·​word | \ ˈpas-ˌwərd How to pronounce password (audio) \

Definition of password

1 : something that enables one to pass or gain admission: such as
a : a spoken word or phrase required to pass by a guard
b : a sequence of characters required for access to a computer system

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Examples of password in a Sentence

You need to enter your password to check your e-mail. the password for the all-night rave will be changed next week
Recent Examples on the Web The White House denied it, but the Washington Post's Miriam Berger reported that Dutch prosecutors said the hacker really did guess Trump's password on only his fifth try. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "12 wild things that you may have forgotten actually happened in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Authorities charged a 17-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 22-year-old with using a spear phishing attack that stole an administrative password from a Twitter employee working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "2020 had its share of memorable hacks and breaches. Here are the top 10," 28 Dec. 2020 Then enter your Apple ID and password, and go grab a peppermint mocha while your iPhone restarts with all of your settings, preferences, apps, and more in place. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Set Up Your New iPhone," 25 Dec. 2020 All one needs to do is sign up by creating a user name and password. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer,, "As 2021 arrives, conquer your fears of technology with help from the Jefferson Parish Library," 22 Dec. 2020 The man was alerted when a bank employee called him to alert him to a password change to the card’s online account., "Norridge, Harwood Heights police: Jewelry, mink coat, checkbook stolen in home burglary," 22 Dec. 2020 Gevers accurately guessed Trump’s Twitter password again in October. Elly Belle,, "Wow, Trump’s Password Is Even More Obvious Than 1234," 20 Dec. 2020 The desktop version of Edge doesn’t include the password-generating feature yet. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge can now auto-generate passwords, but only via your phone," 16 Dec. 2020 The technology news website Ars Technica reported that those documents included the login information and password needed to send out a mass text message through the state’s system. al, "Rebekah Jones: Florida COVID dashboard whistleblower’s home raided," 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of password

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of password was in 1799

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14 Jan 2021

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“Password.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of password

: a secret word or phrase that a person must know before being given permission to enter a place
: a secret series of numbers or letters that allows you to use a computer system


pass·​word | \ ˈpas-ˌwərd How to pronounce password (audio) \

Kids Definition of password

: a secret word, phrase, or group of numbers that a person must know to be allowed to enter a place or use a computer system

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