buzzword

play
noun buzz·word \ˈbəz-ˌwərd\

Definition of buzzword

  1. 1 :  an important-sounding usually technical word or phrase often of little meaning used chiefly to impress laymen

  2. 2 :  a voguish word or phrase —called also buzz phrase

Recent Examples of buzzword from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'buzzword.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of buzzword

1946


BUZZWORD Defined for English Language Learners

buzzword

play
noun

Definition of buzzword for English Language Learners

  • : a word or phrase that becomes very popular for a period of time



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up buzzword? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to relieve or lessen

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!