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password

[ pas-wurd, pahs- ]
/ ˈpæsˌwɜrd, ˈpɑs- /
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noun

a secret word or expression used by authorized persons to prove their right to access, information, etc.
a word or other string of characters, sometimes kept secret or confidential, that must be supplied by a user in order to gain full or partial access to a computer, computer system, or electronic device.

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RELATED WORDS

identification, word, signal, countersign, watchword, key, phrase, ticket, parole

Nearby words

passkey, passo fundo, passover, passport, passus, password, passy, passé, passé composé, past, past continuous

Origin of password

First recorded in 1810–20; pass + word
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British Dictionary definitions for password

password

/ (ˈpɑːsˌwɜːd) /

noun

a secret word, phrase, etc, that ensures admission or acceptance by proving identity, membership, etc
an action, quality, etc, that gains admission or acceptance
a sequence of characters used to gain access to a computer system
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Word Origin and History for password

password


n.

"word appointed as a sign to distinguish friend from foe," 1798, from pass (v.) + word (n.).

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