watchword

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English waccheword, morphologically as watch +‎ word.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

watchword (plural watchwords)

  1. a prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry or a guard; a password or signal by which friends can be known from enemies
  2. a word used as a motto, as expressive of a principle or rule of action; a maxim, byword
  3. a rallying cry

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References[edit]

  • watchword in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911