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 Regardless, while testing products for this year's Healthy Beauty Awards, there is one buzzword that our expert panel of derms mentioned over and over again: hydration. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, "The 13 Best New Facial Treatments," 8 July 2020 Even in these virtual environments, buzzwords persist. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "Something We Can All Agree On? Corporate Buzzwords Are the Worst.," 5 May 2020 On Twitter, the Red Sox had their ratio – the buzzword for when a tweet receives considerably more replies than likes or retweets – handed to them. Michael Silverman,, "How will the Red Sox market a Mookie-less team?," 16 Feb. 2020 Couldn't machine learning or AI or another hot tech buzzword wrangle the tags instead? Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online," 11 June 2019 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

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1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Buzzword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 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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