code-name

code name

noun
1.
a name assigned to conceal the real identity of a person, as a spy, or to conceal the existence or purpose of a plan, military operation, etc.
2.
Also called code phrase. a word or phrase assigned a meaning understood only by those who are secretly informed of it.

Origin:
1915–20

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code-name

[kohd-neym]
verb (used with object), code-named, code-naming.
to assign a code name to.

Origin:
1955–60

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