code word


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.”

Nearby words

  1. code dating,
  2. code flag,
  3. code name,
  4. code napoléon,
  5. code of hammurabi,
  6. code-name,
  7. code-sharing,
  8. code-switching,
  9. codec,
  10. codeclination

Origin of code word

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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