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Usenet

or USENET

[yooz-net, yoos‐]
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noun
  1. Computers. an extensive system of newsgroups: a branch of the Internet.
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Origin of Usenet

1990–95; use(rs') + net(work)
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British Dictionary definitions for usenet

Usenet

noun
  1. computing a vast collection of newsgroups that follow agreed naming, maintaining, and distribution practices
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