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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Intersectionality’ How an academic term morphed into a buzzword. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Comedian Raises Almost $200K for Charity by Replying to International Men’s Day Tweets," 9 Mar. 2018 What to like: Continuity has been the buzzword all offseason for the Bears defense. Dan Wiederer,, "Prince Amukamara 'reaching for the stars' with his 10-interception goal this season," 11 July 2018 Trump’s tit-for-tat trade squabble with China threatens to undo years of lobbying by carmakers and drag Europe’s leading luxury brands into the fray because of decisions that were made when global manufacturing and exporting were buzzwords. Bloomberg News,, "BMW, Ford, and Tesla brace for ‘nightmare’ tariff whiplash," 2 July 2018 At manager Janne Andersson's instruction, the squad's buzzword in media interactions is 'collective'., "Warning Signs: How Sweden's Humble History Makers Survived and Thrived in the Post-Zlatan Era," 6 July 2018 Those three buzzwords encompass a litany of challenges facing the industry. Jack Flemming,, "Uber and Lyft are forcing Southern California parking companies to adapt or die," 7 July 2018 Attracting millennials, or pushing somewhat vague concepts such as fostering innovation and encouraging innovation, have become buzzwords. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How subway ads asking millennials to move helps economic development," 18 June 2018 The flier for downtown Phoenix's most cryptic bar is filled with buzzwords. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Pay to play: Members-only bar and club opens in downtown Phoenix," 12 June 2018 Immunotherapy has been a cancer buzzword for a few years now, and it’s shown surprising success against hard-to-beat cancers like metastatic melanoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Amanda Macmillan,, "This Woman's Terminal Breast Cancer Disappeared After Immunotherapy. Here's Why That's Such a Big Deal," 8 June 2018

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

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