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Meaning of shibboleth

shib•bo•leth

Pronunciation: (shib'u-lith, -leth"), [key]
— n.
  1. a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons.
  2. a slogan; catchword.
  3. a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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