American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A prearranged reply to a challenge, as from a guard or sentry; a password.
- n. A rallying cry: Let our watchword be freedom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word or short phrase to be communicated on challenge to the watch or sentinels in a camp; a password or signal by which friends can be known from enemies.
- n. Hence Any preconcerted indication or a direction eagerly watched for, as a signal for action.
- n. A word used as a motto, as expressive of a principle or rule of action; a maxim, byword, or rallying-cry.
- n. The call of a watchman or sentry as he goes his rounds.
- n. a prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry or a guard; a password or signal by which friends can be known from enemies
- n. a word used as a motto, as expressive of a principle or rule of action; a maxim, byword
- n. a rallying cry
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. A sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action.
- n. a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
- n. a slogan used to rally support for a cause
- From Middle English waccheword, morphologically as watch + word. (Wiktionary)
“His watchword is always duty; and he never forgets that the nation which lets its duty get on the opposite side to its interest is lost.”
“I agree that we are treading on slippery ground, so my watchword is "post like a good food critic" i.e. what happened and where without getting into "terrible" and such as adjectives.”
“Their watchword is "All in" -- all in with everything they have, their savings, their property, their skill, the service of their hands, if necessary the service of their lives.”
“A watchword is the familiar code used by a sentinel to tell the approach of a friend.”
“Even worse, the Bushies traded integrity for incoherence as the McCain watchword.”
“What would you give to hear this miracle -- a bobolink calling his watchword through the night?”
“Their watchword was the constitution of 1861, which had been drawn up by their leaders; they demanded that it should be restored, and with it parliamentary government.”
“Golden Bee wore ribbons studded with golden bees on their breasts, and their watchword was a sort of a "buzz-z-z," like the humming of a bee.”
“The end came in 1845, but his name has remained as a kind of watchword among the common people -- a synonym for rugged honesty, and bluff sincerity.”
“Revolution, when they offered to the world, as a palliation for the crime of rebellion, the same watchword which is now so prodigally used by every American tongue, and so basely and universally prostituted.”
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