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

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Examples of buzzword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like abolition, mutual aid has become a buzzword, but its practice predates colonialism and capitalism. Kandist Mallett,, 17 June 2021 The same consultants who promoted the virtues of lean inventories now evangelize about supply chain resilience — the buzzword of the moment. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Le Meurice was one of the first hotels to tap Philippe Starck for its ground floor in 2007 before his name became a buzzword. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Critical race theory has been a buzzword for several conservatives, including former President Donald Trump, who opposed the 1619 Project and its revisionist look at the founding of America and the legacy of slavery. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 25 June 2021 Apparently Anthropocene is a buzzword this month, thanks to John Green (above) and the several times the expression appears in this new stand-alone from the author of the terrific Patrick Melrose novels. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 23 June 2021 Servitization is the latest buzzword to describe the trend of using products or equipment to sell a growing variety of services, often based on the data generated and enabled or enhanced by advanced technology. Victoria Rochard, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The common thought is that sustainability is a buzzword arising from the green movement that has taken over almost every market. Zaheer Dodhia, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Roughly five years later, AIOps has become an important buzzword in the tech industry, driving many business decisions. Elik Eizenberg, Forbes, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of buzzword

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 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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