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Definition of "buzzword" []

  • A word or phrase connected with a specialized field or group that usually sounds important or technical and is used primarily to impress laypersons: "'Sensitivity' is the buzzword in the beauty industry this fall” ( ADWEEK). (noun)
  • A stylish or trendy word or phrase. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "buzzword" in a sentence
  • "The urban dictionary defines the term buzzword as such:"
  • "Integration, inclusion, mainstreaming – or whatever the current buzzword is – tends to focus on the individual with the disability."
  • "The problem with coming up with a new buzzword is that, instead of providing insight and beauty into a complex subject, it will be captured by hacks and beaten to death with the Cliche Stick."