catch·​word | \ ˈkach-ˌwərd How to pronounce catchword (audio) , ˈkech- \

Definition of catchword

1a : a word under the right-hand side of the last line on a book page that repeats the first word on the following page

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Recent Examples on the Web Fueled by international competition and the reality of robust economic expansion in many nations, growth had quickly become the catchword of the day in economics departments and government bureaucracies. Christopher F. Jones, The New Republic, "The Delusion and Danger of Infinite Economic Growth," 1 Oct. 2019 Now, in the era of Deng Xiaoping with reform the catchword, politics seemed muddled and mixed up in a new way, and Li was acquiring a name as a conservative. The Economist, "Obituary: Li Peng died on July 22nd," 25 July 2019 Indeed, this may be a tough suit to win for Hall and Butler, as the Copyright Act does not protect short phrases including catchwords, catchphrases, mottoes, slogans or short advertising expressions. Peter Helman, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Sued Over 'Shake It Off' Lyrics," 19 Sep. 2017 And for the millennials who grew up watching it, FernGully became a catchword—then hashtag—for areas of abundant, pristine earth. Chantel Tattoli,, "FernGully at 25: How an Upstart Disney Rival Created a Millennial Silent Spring," 25 Apr. 2017

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1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Catchword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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