code word

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  1. a euphemistic or politically acceptable catchword or phrase used instead of a blunter or less acceptable term: The official report said the diplomats had a “frank and serious discussion”—code words for “angry argument.”

Origin of code word

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for codeword


/ (ˈkəʊdˌwɜːd) /

  1. (esp in military use) a word used to identify a classified plan, operation, etc: Also: codename

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