Definitions of catchword

  1. a favorite saying of a sect or political group Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Among theatrical performers, the last word of the preceding speaker, which reminds one that he is to speak next; cue. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A word or phrase caught up and repeated for effect; as, the catchword of a political party, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A word under the last line of a page, as being the first of the next page; among actors, the last word of the previous speaker. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. The word placed under the last line of a page, and made to begin the first line of the next; catching a tartar, being caught in the trap one has laid for another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for catchword

  1. He was ranting away on Hatton green last night, and his catchword and watchword was liberty, liberty, and again liberty! – The Measure of a Man by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  2. In 1643, when Parliament appointed a licenser, who gave copyright protection to the " catchword or newspaper title, journalists became a " recognized body." – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck