watchword

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noun watch·word \ ˈwäch-ˌwərd , ˈwȯch- \

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

watchword Synonyms


WATCHWORD Defined for English Language Learners

watchword

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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


WATCHWORD Defined for Kids

watchword

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noun watch·word \ ˈwäch-ˌwərd \

Definition of watchword for Students



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