[ kach-wurd ]
/ ˈkætʃˌwɜrd /
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a memorable or effective word or phrase that is repeated so often that it becomes a slogan, as in a political campaign or in advertising a product.
Also called headword, guide word. a word printed at the top of a page in a dictionary or other reference book to indicate the first or last entry or article on that page.Compare running head.
a device, used especially in old books, to assist the binder in assembling signatures by inserting at the foot of each page the first word of the following page.



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Origin of catchword

First recorded in 1720–30; catch + word
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British Dictionary definitions for catchword

/ (ˈkætʃˌwɜːd) /


a word or phrase made temporarily popular, esp by a political campaign; slogan
a word printed as a running head in a reference book
theatre an actor's cue to speak or enter
the first word of a printed or typewritten page repeated at the bottom of the page preceding
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