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
2 : watchword

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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 Make a note of each account’s username and password and keep it in a safe place. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Be ready before your next outage," 15 Apr. 2021 The student debt presentation also will cover how to create an FSA ID, which is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "April brings virtual tips on student loans, housing, more," 1 Apr. 2021 Kottmann said that her group discovered a Verkada administrator username and password stored on an unencrypted subdomain. CBS News, "U.S. charges 21-year-old Swiss "hacktivist" for security-camera theft and leaks," 19 Mar. 2021 One of the worst practices that many people have is using the same email or username and password combination across multiple accounts. Steve Cochran, Forbes, "Training Your Team To Be More Secure In The Workplace," 10 Mar. 2021 Certain refund brokers require customers to fill out forms providing their Instacart username and password. Los Angeles Times, "Unfair ratings cost some Instacart shoppers hundreds a week. Here’s what’s happening," 21 Dec. 2020 Logs from the Exchange server showed that the attacker provided username and password authentication like normal but were not challenged for a second factor through Duo. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "SolarWinds hackers have a clever way to bypass multi-factor authentication," 14 Dec. 2020 According to the affidavit, the users on the emergency alert group account shared the same username and password, which cybersecurity experts said left the system vulnerable to a breach that could be difficult to trace. New York Times, "A State Scientist Questioned Florida’s Virus Data. Now Her Home’s Been Raided.," 11 Dec. 2020 In addition, use a password manager such as 1Password or LastPass. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, "Facebook Data Breach: Here’s What To Do Now," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Password.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 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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