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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English waccheword, morphologically as watch +‎ word.

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watchword (plural watchwords)

  1. a prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry or a guard; a password or signal by which friends can be known from enemies
  2. a word used as a motto, as expressive of a principle or rule of action; a maxim, byword
  3. a rallying cry

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