Meaning of “code word” in the English Dictionary

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"code word" in British English

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code wordnoun [ C ]

/ˈkəʊd ˌwɜːd/ /ˈkoʊd ˌwɝːd/

a word or sign with a special meaning, or a word used to keep something secret:

"Long" and "frank" are all diplomatic code words for continuing disagreement.

(Definition of “code word” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"code word" in American English

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code wordnoun [ C ]

/ˈkoʊd ˌwɜrd/

a word or sign with a special meaning, or a word used to keep something secret:

“Long,” “very thorough,” and “frank” are all diplomatic code words for continuing disagreement.

(Definition of “code word” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)