- code wordsalso codeword, code-word1) N-COUNT A code word is a word or phrase that has a special meaning, different from its normal meaning, for the people who have agreed to use it in this way.
Their instructions were to volunteer for a special mission when we gave them a code-word.2) N-COUNT: usu N for n A code word is a word or phrase that someone, especially a public figure, uses in order to avoid saying something else.
I think nationalism is just a code word for racism...
`Tired and emotional' is a code word for being drunk.
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code|word — code word, or code|word «KOHD WURD», noun. 1. a seemingly inoffensive word or expression: »Those who advise us that “law and order” is a codeword for racism... (National Review). 2. = code name: (Cf. ↑code name) »He was given a codeword to be… … Useful english dictionary
code word — n 1.) a word or phrase that is given a different meaning to its usual meaning, so that it can be used to communicate something secretly 2.) a word or expression that you use instead of a more direct one when you want to avoid shocking someone… … Dictionary of contemporary English
code word — ☆ code word n. 1. a word or phrase with a secret meaning, often, specif., one used to convey an idea or attitude that cannot be openly divulged because it is socially or politically unacceptable 2. a euphemistic word or phrase … English World dictionary
code word — code′ word n. cvb a euphemistic or politically acceptable catchword or phrase used instead of a blunter or less acceptable term • Etymology: 1965–70 … From formal English to slang
code word — I. noun 1. : code name 2. : code group II. noun : euphemism interpreting “compatibility” as a code word for stifling dissent, the faculty denounced the memorandum Robert Griffith … Useful english dictionary
Code word — For other uses, see Code word (disambiguation). In communication, a code word is an element of a standardized code or protocol. Each code word is assembled in accordance with the specific rules of the code and assigned a unique meaning. Code… … Wikipedia
code word — kodinis žodis statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Kriptonimas, vartojamas žvalgybos įslaptintiems duomenims atpažinti. atitikmenys: angl. code word pranc. mot code … NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas
code word — kodinis žodis statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Žodis, kurio reikšmė įslaptinta ir kuriam suteiktas atitinkamas slaptumo laipsnis, kad nebūtų atskleisti ketinimai ir informacija, susijusi su slaptu planu ar operacija. atitikmenys: angl. code… … NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas
code-word — see code word … English dictionary
code word — /ˈkoʊd wɜd/ (say kohd werd) noun 1. a word used by agreement as a secret signal to someone else, or as a name for a secret operation. 2. a word or phrase used to avoid one which might seem too blunt, in the expectation that people will interpret… … Australian English dictionary