buzz·​word | \ ˈbəz-ˌwərd How to pronounce buzzword (audio) \

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

Examples of buzzword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accountability is a buzzword these days, losing meaning with every usage. Mychal Denzel Smith, Men's Health, 3 June 2022 Critical race theory is not a fixture of K-12 education but has become a catchall political buzzword for any teaching in schools about race and American history. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 Culture was often a buzzword during Littlewood’s tenure. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 This has recently become a bit of a ‘buzzword,’ but don’t allow pop culture to discount this significant trait. Christine Michel Carter, Forbes, 1 June 2022 There's just another tech buzzword that no one seems to fully understand -- at least for now. Scott Galloway, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Culture is probably the most used — and overused — buzzword in college sports these days. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 Now those companies are pushing a new buzzword: postbiotics. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 That buzzword postulated a future in which all kinds of stuff, from toasters to toll booths, was connected to the Internet. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buzzword

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Buzzword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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