shibboleth Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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shibbolethnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈʃɪb.əl.eθ/
formal a ​belief or ​custom that is not now ​considered as ​important and ​correct as it was in the past: They still ​cling to many of the ​old shibboleths ofeducation. a word, phrase, ​custom, etc., only ​known to a ​particulargroup of ​people, that you can use to ​prove to them that you are a ​realmember of that ​group
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