[pas-wurd, pahs-]


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

Synonyms for password Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for password

Contemporary Examples of password

Historical Examples of password

  • The door only opened at the pleasure of those who knew its password.

    Melmoth Reconciled

    Honore de Balzac

  • I gave him another opportunity of giving the password, but he seemed ignorant of it.

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

  • Three figures habited in male attire approached the eastern gate, and gave a password.

  • Landers gave a password, then put the telephone away and sprang to his feet.

    Black Star's Campaign

    Johnston McCulley

  • Indeed, we are in a country where one can not travel without a passport, or a password, or a little pass-money.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for password



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for password

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper