- code name.
- 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.”
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Contemporary Examples of codeword
Jazz is now a codeword for sophistication and classiness, even affluence.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
A hilton is the codeword for a celebrity, or anyone famous, whether or not they have talent.Perez Hilton: Get Famous or Die Trying
December 19, 2008
Historical Examples of codeword
Thus "amber" is the codeword for £1; "heliotrope" for £20; "rainbow" for "win and 1, 2."
- (esp in military use) a word used to identify a classified plan, operation, etcAlso: codename