buzz·​word | \ ˈbəz-ˌwərd \

Definition of buzzword

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

called also buzz phrase

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Other common non-vegan buzzwords: carmine, squalene, oleic acid, glycerine, and collagen. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup," 29 Nov. 2018 Indeed, four ETFs were launched within the first quarter, each offering a unique take on the new buzzword. Tanzeel Akhtar, WSJ, "Thematic ETFs Are the Rage—Until They Fail," 9 Dec. 2018 Heritage has become one of fashion’s favorite buzzwords; archive is another, and big brands have increasingly been investing in preservation. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Archives Matter, But for Many Designers—Like Ann-Sofie Back Who Is Putting Hers on Sale This Week—They Are an Unaffordable Luxury," 24 Oct. 2018 If Google wants to get seriously into luxury and wellness, nobody’s more tightly associated with those buzzwords than Goop. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores," 17 Oct. 2018 NetflixThe Bleeding Edge Once billed as the only permanent contraceptive device on the market, Essure has since become a buzzword for unexpected complications. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'The Bleeding Edge' Isn't Even Out Yet and Essure Has Already Been Pulled," 23 July 2018 Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg via Getty Images The business world loves a good buzzword. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "On Earnings Calls, 'Fortnite' Is Now Mentioned More Than 'Bitcoin'," 6 June 2018 In the years since their excellent 2004 debut helped make dance rock a buzzword for an era, these Scots have steadily increased the dance half of their equation. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 12 Apr. 2018 Since the discovery of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2006 — the mysterious honey bee affliction in which entire colonies abruptly vanish without a trace and with no discernible trigger—the honey bee has become a cultural buzzword (no pun intended). Cristina Mueller, Town & Country, "Beauty and the Bees," 6 Dec. 2012

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1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of buzzword was in 1946

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

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