James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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The Word, which we call the watch Word, and is by the French called Mot de guet, and by the Spaniard Ennombre: wich is a word or name deliuered by the Generall or other high Commander, to be giuen vnto other officers and souldiers, standing Sentinell at their postes, whereby their watches are nightly gouerned, &c.
Robert Barret, The Theoric and Practic of Modern Wars (1598)

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