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buzzword

[buhz-wurd]
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noun
  1. a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, field of study, popular culture, etc.

Origin of buzzword

First recorded in 1965–70; buzz1 + word
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British Dictionary definitions for buzz word

buzz word

noun
  1. informal a word, often originating in a particular jargon, that becomes a vogue word in the community as a whole or among a particular group
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Word Origin and History for buzz word

buzzword

n.

also buzz word, 1946, from buzz (n.) + word (n.). Noted as Harvard student slang for the key words in a lecture or reading. Perhaps from the use of buzz in the popular counting game.

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