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[pas-wurd, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌwɜrd, ˈpɑs-/
a secret word or expression used by authorized persons to prove their right to access, information, etc.
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
First recorded in 1810-20; pass + word
1. watchword. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


a secret word, phrase, etc, that ensures admission or acceptance by proving identity, membership, etc
an action, quality, etc, that gains admission or acceptance
a sequence of characters used to gain access to a computer system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for password

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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