Definitions for watchwordˈwɒtʃˌwɜrd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a word or short phrase to be communicated, on challenge, to a sentinel; password.
a word or phrase expressive of a principle or rule of action; slogan.
a rallying cry of a party, club, team, etc.
Origin of watchword:
war cry, rallying cry, battle cry, cry, watchword(noun)
a slogan used to rally support for a cause
"a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"
password, watchword, word, parole, countersign(noun)
a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
"he forgot the password"
a prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry or a guard; a password or signal by which friends can be known from enemies
a word used as a motto, as expressive of a principle or rule of action; a maxim, byword
a rallying cry
Origin: From waccheword, morphologically as .
a word given to sentinels, and to such as have occasion to visit the guards, used as a signal by which a friend is known from an enemy, or a person who has a right to pass the watch from one who has not; a countersign; a password
a sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action
Translations for watchword
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a motto or slogan used by members of a group of people who think (or act) alike
Let freedom be our watchword!
- كَلِمَة السِّرArabic
- lemaPortuguese (BR)
- die LosungGerman
- lema, consignaSpanish
- كلمه عبورFarsi
- mot d'ordreFrench
- moto, sloganCroatian
- slagorð, einkunnarorðIcelandic
- parola d'ordine; motto, sloganItalian
- 표어, 모토Korean
- lozungs; motoLatvian
- cogan kata, motoMalay
- slagord, parole, mottoNorwegian
- cuvânt de ordineRomanian
- paroll, slagordSwedish
- รหัสผ่าน; คำรหัส; คำสัญญาณThai
- 座右銘，口號Chinese (Trad.)
- заклик; лозунгUkrainian
- khẩu hiệuVietnamese
- 口号，标语Chinese (Simp.)
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