What does countersign mean?

Definitions for countersign
ˈkaʊn tərˌsaɪncoun·ter·sign

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    "he forgot the password"

  2. countersignature, countersign(verb)

    a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed

  3. countersign(verb)

    add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity

    "You must countersign on this line of the contract"


  1. countersign(Noun)

    a second signature added to a document to affirm the validity of the signature of the first person

  2. countersign(Verb)

    to add a second signature to a document, affirming the validity of the signature of another person

Webster Dictionary

  1. Countersign(verb)

    to sign on the opposite side of (an instrument or writing); hence, to sign in addition to the signature of a principal or superior, in order to attest the authenticity of a writing

  2. Countersign(adj)

    the signature of a secretary or other officer to a writing signed by a principal or superior, to attest its authenticity

  3. Countersign(adj)

    a private signal, word, or phrase, which must be given in order to pass a sentry; a watchword

  4. Origin: [Counter- + sign: cf. F. contresigner.]


  1. Countersign

    In military terminology, a countersign is a sign, word, or any other signal previously agreed upon and required to be exchanged between a sentry or guard and anybody approaching his or her post. The term usually encompasses both the sign given by the approaching party as well as the sentry's reply. However, in some armies, the countersign is strictly the reply of the sentry to the password given by the person approaching. A well-known sign/countersign is that used by the Allied forces on D-Day during World War II: the challenge/sign was "flash", the password "thunder", and the countersign "Welcome".

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. countersign

    A secret challenge and its reply. See also challenge; password.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. countersign

    A particular word or number which is exchanged between sentinels, and intrusted to those on duty. (See PAROLE.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. countersign

    In military discipline or manœuvres, is a watch-word given by the commanding officer of an army or garrison daily, in order that a friend may be distinguished from an enemy. The countersign is given to sentinels, and others who are immediately concerned. It is given in garrison to prevent unauthorized persons from passing the guards. The countersign is usually the name of a battle.

Anagrams for countersign »

  1. countersing, recountings

How to pronounce countersign?

  1. Alex
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How to say countersign in sign language?

  1. countersign


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of countersign in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of countersign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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