code - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “code”

See all translations

code

noun
 
 
/kəʊd/
SECRET MESSAGE [C, U] B2 a set of letters, numbers, or signs that are used instead of ordinary words to keep a message secret: The message was written in code. They were trying to break (= understand) the enemy's code.Codes and decodingSigns, signals and symbols
TELEPHONE [C] UK ( UK/US area code) a set of numbers used at the beginning of all the telephone numbers in a particular areaCommunicating by telephone
RULES [C] a set of rules on how to behave or how to do things: a code of conduct/practice The club has a strict dress code (= rules about what you wear). →  See also bar code , zip code Morality and rules of behaviourPhilosophyRules and laws
(Definition of code from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “code”

Definitions of “code” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More