pass·​word ˈpas-ˌwərd How to pronounce password (audio)
plural passwords
: something that enables one to pass or gain admission: such as
: a spoken word or phrase required to pass by a guard
: a sequence of characters required for access to a computer system or digital device compare passcode

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 Use multi-factor authentication, strong passwords and keep software updated. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2024 The technique will expose the cryptographic hash masking the user password. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 26 June 2024 Presale tickets for the show go on sale June 26 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster (password: PATRONSAINTS). Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2024 Additionally, entry passwords for rooms Dervish previously had access were changed. Sarah Lapidus, USA TODAY, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for password 

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of password was in 1799

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Cite this Entry

“Password.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


pass·​word -ˌwərd How to pronounce password (audio)
: a word or phrase that must be spoken by a person in order to pass a guard
: a secret series of numbers or letters required for access to a computer

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