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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Aside from leaving a sour taste in the mouth of anyone who cares about feminism, there is a far more threatening problem with these candidates who are so quick to jump on the feminist buzzword. Phoebe Potter,, "Tory Leadership Candidates Calling Themselves "Feminist" Is Meaningless," 10 June 2019 Jonathan’s buzzwords were as follows: bold, glamorous, and memorable. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 In the future, if new school taxes are proposed in Sacramento, Los Angeles or anywhere else, officials shouldn’t try to fool voters with clever buzzwords. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: School tax in LA, similar to statewide measure, flunks," 10 June 2019 Bipolar disorder, for example, is one of the most misunderstood mental health diagnoses by the general public and one of the most common to be used as a buzzword. Molly Burford, Teen Vogue, "4 Ways You Might Accidentally Be Perpetuating Mental Health Stigma," 28 Dec. 2018 Fashion Among the many buzzwords bouncing around in fashion right now, sustainability and gender equality are two that seem to keep floating to the top. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "A New Denim Collaboration Puts Water Conservation in the Spotlight," 9 Apr. 2019 But like all buzzwords in beauty—organic! natural! green!—the definition of vegan makeup is mired in controversy. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup," 29 Nov. 2018 Quantum optics is even more subject to fads and buzzwords than theoretical physics. Ars Science Staff, Ars Technica, "Here are the subjects our reporters enjoy covering the least," 15 Sep. 2018 Plate discipline has been a season-long buzzword for one of the majors’ youngest rosters. Dennis Lin,, "Padres want to improve their plate discipline, but 'moving the needle' is difficult," 25 Aug. 2017

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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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