Definition of hashtag
: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
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Recent Examples of hashtag from the Web
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Cowboys fans eventually took to using the hashtag #Sinor4Heisman.
The #LoveTitos hashtag is now part of a larger initiative that encourages people to spread love within their communities.
For many black folk who use AirBnb, the two incidents hit close to home; just scroll through the #AirBnbWhileBlack hashtag for evidence.
On premiere day, #browngirls was high enough to be seen by anyone glancing at the site’s trending hashtags.
Then on Sunday, because the president of the United States doesn’t just see himself as the nation’s greatest anti-media hashtag generator, Trump also shared a short video of himself appearing to physically assault CNN.
A few weeks ago, Miranda Morowa of @MelaninMamis started the viral Twitter hashtag #BlackHairChallenge encouraging black women to share photos of themselves wearing four totally different hairstyles to celebrate the versatility of their hair.
Perhaps the most visible indication of the positive reception Kopech has received in Birmingham is the Twitter hashtag #KopechDay.
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Did You Know?
Social media has made the hashtag a ubiquitous part of Internet culture, starting with Twitter and expanding to other sites. Originally designed for categorizing posts, the hashtag can now be a tool for a supplementary coy or witty comment (e.g., #awkward). The word tag can mean "a word or phrase used for description or identification." Hash is short for hash mark, a term for what we more commonly call a pound sign (and, less commonly, an octothorp). The hash in hash mark is probably an alteration of hatch, a term for the crisscrossing of lines (as when adding shading to a drawing).
First Known Use of hashtag
HASHTAG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hashtag for English Language Learners
: a word or phrase that starts with the symbol # and that briefly indicates what a message (such as a tweet) is about
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