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authenticator

[ aw-then-ti-key-ter ]
/ ɔˈθɛn tɪˌkeɪ tər /
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noun

a person or thing that authenticates.
Cryptography. a code used to authenticate a previously transmitted code.

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Origin of authenticator

First recorded in 1860–65; authenticate + -or2
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