watchword

noun
watch·​word | \ ˈwäch-ˌwərd How to pronounce watchword (audio) , ˈwȯch- \

Definition of watchword

1 : a word or phrase used as a sign of recognition among members of the same society, class, or group
2a : 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

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Examples of watchword in a Sentence

The new watchword in his campaign is “It's time for change.” the watchword is changed every day
Recent Examples on the Web Balance was the watchword of the day for UW, which held a 24-point lead in the second half before Ohio State staged a mini-rally. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 70, Ohio State 57: An impressive and important victory," 9 Feb. 2020 Sad and somber and solemn were once again the day’s watchwords. BostonGlobe.com, "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 Sad and somber and solemn were once again the day’s watchwords. BostonGlobe.com, "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 Sad and somber and solemn were once again the day’s watchwords. BostonGlobe.com, "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 Sad and somber and solemn were once again the day’s watchwords. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Impeachment Day in Washington: History Emerges From the Routine Chaos," 18 Dec. 2019 Some of the issues are a consequence of Cirque not being able to fully control its own environment at the Chicago Theatre, where the watchword is security and crowd control, not adding to the sweetness of your Christmas. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: ‘Twas the Night Before’ has that Cirque du Soleil dazzle but not yet a holiday heart," 2 Dec. 2019 The watchwords these days for internet companies are transparency and control. Washington Post, "Pro Tip: Tech Companies Should Stop Ogling Customers’ Home Videos," 10 Oct. 2019 Well, eclectic is surely the watchword for Andrew Sords, a celebrated solo violinist across the world with his featured fellow musicians who kicked off the series on Sunday (Sept. 22). Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland, "Violinist Andrew Sords kicks off concert series at Rocky River Presbyterian Church," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of watchword

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watchword was in the 15th century

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19 Feb 2020

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“Watchword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watchword. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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watchword

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

watchword

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watch·​word | \ ˈwäch-ˌwərd How to pronounce watchword (audio) \

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