parola d'ordine

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "word of order."

Noun[edit]

parola d'ordine f (plural parole d'ordine)

  1. (military) password, watchword
  2. (figuratively, transferred sense) codeword
    • 2019, George Orwell, Nicola Gardini, transl., Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mondadori:
      L'accenno di O'Brien andava preso per un segno, una parola d'ordine.
      O’Brien’s remark must obviously have been intended as a signal, a codeword.
      (literally, “O'Brien's hint was to be taken as a sign, a codeword.”)