buzz·​word ˈbəz-ˌwərd How to pronounce buzzword (audio)
: an important-sounding usually technical word or phrase often of little meaning used chiefly to impress laymen
: a voguish word or phrase

called also buzz phrase

Examples of buzzword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The concept emerged as a buzzword of sorts among many of Silicon Valley’s elite — including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Sam Altman — even before the public launch of ChatGPT in late 2022 re-upped a global debate about automation disrupting jobs. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 13 Apr. 2024 That’s a geopolitical buzzword that describes the practice of running supply chains only through countries that are close political partners. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 31 Mar. 2024 Mesotherapy Popularly used to target facial wrinkles and folds, injectables are a buzzword in skincare. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 28 Mar. 2024 Artificial intelligence is the buzzword of our time, with technologists insisting that every organisation should be making use of AI to remain competitive. David Prosser, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 In an industry full of skincare buzzwords– from anti-aging to firming and vitamin-rich ingredients– our facial health is the target for all the latest beauty trends. Essence, 27 Mar. 2024 Authenticity is the key buzzword of the 2020s, and the royals can only achieve it by being honest and upfront about what’s going on behind closed doors, as invasive as that might seem. Rebecca Cope, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2024 But Reddit’s turnaround proves that content moderation is not an empty buzzword or a partisan plot. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 Key Takeaways Naked carbs is a wellness buzzword used to describe simple carbohydrates that can lead to a spike in blood sugar levels. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Buzzword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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