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password

[pas-wurd, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌwɜrd, ˈpɑs-/
noun
1.
a secret word or expression used by authorized persons to prove their right to access, information, etc.
2.
a word or other string of characters, sometimes kept secret or confidential, that must be supplied by a user in order to gain full or partial access to a computer, computer system, or electronic device.
Origin of password
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; pass + word
Synonyms
1. watchword.
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  • There was a good deal more talk; they decided what should be their password, and a great many other private matters.

  • Had his uncle known the password and forgotten to give it to him?

    The Royal Pawn of Venice Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • Andreas, in his old camp-sentinel days, once challenged the emperor himself with the demand for the password.

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
  • But to meet a man who would give a password savored too much of crookdom.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Inside, doubtless, there were high jinks going on; but the password was denied to me.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
British Dictionary definitions for password

password

/ˈpɑːsˌwɜːd/
noun
1.
a secret word, phrase, etc, that ensures admission or acceptance by proving identity, membership, etc
2.
an action, quality, etc, that gains admission or acceptance
3.
a sequence of characters used to gain access to a computer system
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Word Origin and History for password
n.

"word appointed as a sign to distinguish friend from foe," 1798, from pass (v.) + word (n.).

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