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


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.

Origin of password

First recorded in 1810–20; pass + word Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for password

/ (ˈpɑːsˌwɜːd) /


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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