a name assigned to conceal the real identity of a person, as a spy, or to conceal the existence or purpose of a plan, military operation, etc.
Also called code phrase . a word or phrase assigned a meaning understood only by those who are secretly informed of it.
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Origin of code name
First recorded in 1915–20
Words nearby code name
Definition for code name (2 of 2)
[ kohd-neym ]
/ ˈkoʊdˌneɪm /
verb (used with object), code-named, code-nam·ing.
to assign a code name to.
Origin of code-name
First recorded in 1955–60
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