Definition of code word noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


code word

BrE BrE//ˈkəʊd wɜːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊd wɜːrd//
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a word or phrase with a secret meaning, that is used instead of the usual name for something They were asked to bring ‘cigars’ to the meeting, a code word for guns.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: code word