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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

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to his riotous designs, he is known for his uncharacteristic casting, often employing street casting and showcasing diverse models long before inclusion was an industry buzzword. Sara Radin,, "Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Final Couture Show Featured A Very Canadian Cameo," 23 Jan. 2020 For this reason, says Sarah Zames of the interior architecture firm General Assembly, multifunctionality and convertibility are the new interior design buzzwords. Cait Munro,, "What Is The Meaning Of Home, Now That Home Is All We Have?," 7 May 2020 In a matter of weeks, the terms shelter in place, self-isolation, and quarantine have become buzzwords, giving definition to many people’s new reality: staying home. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "12 Virtual Walking Trails Around the World That You Can Experience Right Now," 22 Apr. 2020 The announcement is filled with security buzzwords and suggestions that traditional spaceflight is slow and not tactically advantageous by comparison. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin's Rocket-Launching 747 Is Ready for Takeoff," 16 Apr. 2020 Maybe Deplorables and Davosians should join forces and hunt down hack screenwriters trying to sell us the hottest buzzwords of four years ago. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On the Shooting of Deplorables," 12 Mar. 2020 Those who toured the lab delighted in the latest technology, while often repeating the buzzword of Industry 4.0. Olivera Perkins, cleveland, "Robots, virtual reality in new MAGNET lab designed to prevent companies’ costly mistakes," 1 Mar. 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide The Incite website feels like a master class in privacy buzzwords. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "What’s scarier than hosts gone rogue? Westworld’s idea for privacy laws," 27 Feb. 2020 Those were the buzzwords that tournament organizers used Wednesday to whet golf fans’ appetite for this year’s PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic's golf plans include date change, more fan experiences," 15 Jan. 2020

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1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Buzzword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of buzzword

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

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