watchword

noun watch·word \ ˈwäch-ˌwərd , ˈwȯch- \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of watchword

1 : a word or phrase used as a sign of recognition among members of the same society, class, or group
2 a : a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action of an individual or group : slogan
  • "safety" is our watchword
b : a guiding principle
  • change is the watchword for both parties

Examples of watchword in a Sentence

  1. The new watchword in his campaign is “It's time for change.”

  2. the watchword is changed every day

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First Known Use of watchword

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WATCHWORD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of watchword for English Language Learners

  • : a word or phrase that expresses a rule that a particular person or group follows


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