Definitions for watchwordˈwɒtʃˌwɜrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

watch•wordˈwɒtʃˌwɜrd(n.)

  1. a word or short phrase to be communicated, on challenge, to a sentinel; password.

  2. a word or phrase expressive of a principle or rule of action; slogan.

  3. a rallying cry of a party, club, team, etc.

Origin of watchword:

1350–1400

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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'"

  2. password, watchword, word, parole, countersign(noun)

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    "he forgot the password"

Wiktionary

  1. watchword(Noun)

    a prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry or a guard; a password or signal by which friends can be known from enemies

  2. watchword(Noun)

    a word used as a motto, as expressive of a principle or rule of action; a maxim, byword

  3. watchword(Noun)

    a rallying cry

  4. Origin: From waccheword, morphologically as .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watchword(noun)

    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

  2. Watchword(noun)

    a sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action


Translations for watchword

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

watchword(noun)

a motto or slogan used by members of a group of people who think (or act) alike

Let freedom be our watchword!

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