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password

[pas-wurd, pahs-]
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noun
  1. a secret word or expression used by authorized persons to prove their right to access, information, etc.
  2. 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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Origin of password

First recorded in 1810–20; pass + word

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Related Words for password

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

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British Dictionary definitions for password

password

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

n.

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

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