Watch"word` (?), n.
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.
A sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action.
Nor deal in watchwords overmuch.
© Webster 1913.