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watchword

[ woch-wurd ]
/ ˈwɒtʃˌwɜrd /
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noun

a word or short phrase to be communicated, on challenge, to a sentinel or guard; password or countersign.
a word or phrase expressive of a principle or rule of action; slogan: Conservation has been our watchword.
a rallying cry of a party, club, team, etc.

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Origin of watchword

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at watch, word
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British Dictionary definitions for watchword

watchword
/ (ˈwɒtʃˌwɜːd) /

noun

another word for password
a rallying cry or slogan
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