Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
  2. (noun, communication) a slogan used to rally support for a cause
    our watchword will be `democracy'

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Alternate forms of Watchword

Hypernyms: arcanum, catchword, motto, positive identification, secret, shibboleth, slogan

Origin of the word Watchword

  1. c.1400, "password," from watch (n.) in the military sense of "period of standing guard duty" + word. In the sense of "motto, slogan" it dates from 1738. more

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Words that sound like Watchword

watch guard

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