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  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for buzzword

jargon, slang, argot, cant, phraseology, lingo, doublespeak

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Word Origin and History for buzzword

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper