buzz·​word ˈbəz-ˌwərd How to pronounce buzzword (audio)
: an important-sounding usually technical word or phrase often of little meaning used chiefly to impress laymen
: a voguish word or phrase

called also buzz phrase

Examples of buzzword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The whole thing sometimes feels like a skit show that just barely holds together until the filmmakers and cast bring it all home for a terrific climactic closure, in which all the buzzwords and banalities get to be rolled up into one triumphant speech shouted into the void as world burns. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2024 But what the Dodgers and Padres get — and the owners of so many other teams do not — is that sustainability and financial flexibility are boardroom buzzwords. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 Before equity and inclusion became institutional buzzwords, she was dedicated to increasing leadership and diversity within higher education. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 8 May 2024 The term was nominated as one of Japan’s top buzzwords of 2023. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2024 And while some of that chatter is likely just CEOs bandying about buzzwords, another graph in the report shows that 55 percent of companies included in a McKinsey survey have implemented AI in at least one business unit. 10. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Apr. 2024 No amount of buzzwords or fuzzy talk erases that reality. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2024 Patient engagement and experience will be big buzzwords in 2024—and for good reason. Ariel Katz, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The concept emerged as a buzzword of sorts among many of Silicon Valley’s elite — including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Sam Altman — even before the public launch of ChatGPT in late 2022 re-upped a global debate about automation disrupting jobs. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 13 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Buzzword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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