code name

code names, code naming, code named
also codename, code-name
1) N-COUNT: usu N n A code name is a name used for someone or something in order to keep their identity secret.

One of their informers was working under the code name Czerny...

The operation was given the code name Dynamo.

2) VERB: usu passive If a military or police operation is code-named something, it is given a name which only the people involved in it know.

[be V-ed n] The operation was code-named Moonlight Sonata...

[V-ed] The French have a two-thousand strong military contingent, code-named Sparrowhawk.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • code name — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms code name : singular code name plural code names a name for someone or something that you use when you want to keep their real name secret …   English dictionary

  • code-name — /kohd naym /, v.t., code named, code naming. to assign a code name to. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • code-name — /kohd naym /, v.t., code named, code naming. to assign a code name to. [1955 60] …   Useful english dictionary

  • code name — noun (C) a name that keeps secret someone s real name or a real plan code name verb (T) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • code name — noun Date: 1919 a designation having a coded and usually secret meaning • code name transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • code-name — transitive verb see code name …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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