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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the greater discourse of elephant conservation in India, coexistence has become a buzzword to describe desirable modes of encounters between people and elephants. Sayan Banerjee, Quartz, 30 Jan. 2023 Newham Bookshop, in the East End, has been a passionate and stalwart supporter of a truly diverse range of writers and readers since it was founded in 1978, decades before diversity became a buzzword. Bernardine Evaristo, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2022 As the latest example, SSE has become a buzzword for the security industry. Juta Gurinaviciute, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Way before experiential became every hotelier’s buzzword of choice, Udaivilas, the biggest of Oberoi’s five resorts, was love-bombing its guests with adventures offering a taster or full immersion in Indian heritage. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Dec. 2022 Some of that technology has to do with a recent buzzword among the space settlement community: in-situ resource utilization, or ISRU. Korey Haynes, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2019 Pushback against the latest workplace buzzword is mounting, and not just on Reddit. Jo Constantz, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2022 Carbon capture might be the buzzword of the moment in the fight to mitigate the climate crisis, but seaweed has been doing it naturally all this time. Casey Barber, CNN, 21 July 2022 That's the buzzword describing the latest inflation figures released by the U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday morning. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2022 See More

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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