abbreviation or noun

plural NFTs
: a unique digital identifier that cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided, that is recorded in a blockchain, and that is used to certify authenticity and ownership (as of a specific digital asset and specific rights relating to it)
What Mr. Estavi bought wasn't the tweet itself, but a non-fungible token, or NFT, giving him a certificate of authenticity, license to display the tweet, and whatever bragging rights come along with it.Jaren Kerr
NFTs are certificates of ownership of a unique digital item such as a video, recording, or cyber artwork. These digital receipts reside on the blockchain …Stephen Humphries
: the asset that is represented by an NFT
Christie's sold the artwork as a "non-fungible token" (NFT), a craze for which has gripped Silicon Valley's elite.The Economist
… an event ticket sold as an NFT could be embedded with a predetermined time for a personal meet-and-greet with the founder of a company or a brand's celebrity spokesperson.Andrew Faridani

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Examples of NFT in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In January 2023, Paul was slapped with a class-action lawsuit after allegedly raking in millions in cryptocurrency for promoting an NFT game that never came to fruition. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2024 Teachers unions backing Biden amplify message Presidents of the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (NFT) will join the first lady on Friday in Bloomington for her remarks at the Education Minnesota Convention. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2024 Those who elected to keep the NFT of the work had their original painting burned and destroyed by Hirst. Alex Ritman, Variety, 25 Mar. 2024 Despite initial skepticism and doubts, the NFT marketplace has demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability. Kyle Russell, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 As of February 2023, since 2021, Nike reportedly earned $185 million in NFT sales revenue. Verostina Antwi, Essence, 27 Mar. 2024 Donald Trump’s name can be found on hotels, at golf resorts and even on NFT trading cards. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 Just a month after their debut sales, Trump NFT’s were already down 99%. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2024 There will be a scavenger hunt for prizes, along with live entertainment, an NFT collectible that can be redeemed for cash and prices, and more. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

2017, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of NFT was in 2017

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“NFT.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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