Watch"word` (?), n.

1.

A word given to sentinels, and to such as have occasion to visit the guards, used as a signal by which a friend is known from an enemy, or a person who has a right to pass the watch from one who has not; a countersign; a password.

2.

A sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action.

Nor deal in watchwords overmuch. Tennyson.

 

© Webster 1913.

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