Meaning of WATCHWORD in English

ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: Middle English waccheword, from wacche watch + word


a. : a secret word that is used as a signal permitting a person to pass a guard : password

stealthy guests have secret watchwords, private entrances — Robert Browning

b. : a word or phrase used as a sign of recognition among members of the same society, class, or group

2. archaic : a prearranged signal for attack or other action

3. archaic : a watchman's call


a. : a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action of an individual or group : slogan

the watchword of the conservative is “order” — H.N.Maclean

“death rather than crime”, such is the good man's watchword — W.E.Channing

b. : a guiding principle

make cost reduction through production efficiency your watchword — Successful Farming

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.