[ US /ˈwɑtʃˌwɝd/ ]
[ UK /wˈɒt‍ʃwɜːd/ ]
NOUN
  1. a slogan used to rally support for a cause
    a cry to arms
    our watchword will be `democracy'
  2. a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
    he forgot the password
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How To Use watchword In A Sentence

  • The humble-sounding Tory leader, in his keynote speech to the party conference in Bournemouth, pledged to make accountability his watchword and said they could deliver.
  • A fresh watchword in hair-care English was luster, which in America was quickly respelled lustre to suggest Old World elegance. The English Is Coming!
  • But the overriding watchword is public service delivery.
  • Little by little, the infection spread, as it always does, from the wardroom to the cabin, and "goodfellowship" was the watchword of the night. Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver
  • Free collective bargaining was its watchword.
  • The watchword heretofore on the "Yankee," as on every one of Uncle Sam's ships, had been "Remember the Maine. A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"
  • O let them not bring about their damned designs that stand now at the entrance of the bottomless pit, expecting the watchword to open and let out those dreadful locusts and scorpions to reinvolve us in that pitchy cloud of infernal darkness, where we shall never more see the sun of Thy truth again, never hope for the cheerful dawn, never more hear the bird of morning sing. Life of John Milton
  • It pays to be vigilant, and those so tasked will no doubt take as their watchword "Stuttgart". Sepp Blatter plays game of follow the lederhosen | Harry Pearson
  • The watchword here was informality, with the pair linking skits and sketches in an amiable, easy-going manner.
  • The watchword here was informality, with the pair linking skits and sketches in an amiable, easy-going manner.
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