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English noun: watchword

1. watchword (communication) a slogan used to rally support for a cause

SamplesA cry to arms.
Our watchword will be `democracy'.

Synonymsbattle cry, cry, rallying cry, war cry

Broader (hypernym)catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan

2. watchword (communication) a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

SamplesHe forgot the password.

Synonymscountersign, parole, password, word

Broader (hypernym)arcanum, positive identification, secret

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