Definition of buzzword in US English:


(also buzz phrase)


  • A word or phrase, often an item of jargon, that is fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context.

    ‘the latest buzzword in international travel is “ecotourism”’
    • ‘In their statements, they have become expert in using pompous phrases and key buzzwords to cover up ugly banalities.’
    • ‘The fashion buzzword is nostalgia and the new look is old-inspired as it is by the 70s and the 80s.’
    • ‘The terms have become buzzwords for coffee drinkers around the world.’
    • ‘In all fairness, ‘exile’ has become a buzzword and is fashionable in academic circles.’
    • ‘Researchers noted the difficulty of adequately conveying terms such as these to people who were not fully conversant with the latest Western intellectual buzzwords.’
    • ‘A new female role model is emerging, and there's even a new buzzword to describe her.’
    • ‘Walking is a growing segment of soft adventure - the buzz phrase for active travel with modest physical challenge, but with little or no danger.’
    • ‘Backyard biodiversity is the international buzzword, and it could well be a thought for the city residents.’
    • ‘Far more efficient searches involve specific paedophile buzzwords or phrases documenting particular forms of abuse.’
    • ‘It's a buzzword, a catchphrase, and I simultaneously wince and stifle laughter whenever I hear it.’
    • ‘We hear all the buzzwords and terms, such as ‘bright future’, but what do they actually mean?’
    • ‘As India's most fashionable week comes to an end, the buzzword here is business.’
    • ‘Globalisation is an international buzzword, guiding government policies and attracting world wide protest.’
    • ‘Uncritical assumptions and buzzwords like these can lead to dodgy design.’
    • ‘Sure, new creative techniques emerged, new buzzwords appeared, new brand theories and media were busy being invented at an ever-increasing rate.’
    • ‘Most of the questions are quite vague, and use lots of buzzwords.’
    • ‘This winter's fashion has ushered in ‘ladylike’ as a buzzword, meaning that the classics are up for renewal again.’
    • ‘If natural selection is the buzz phrase of Darwinian theory, then specified complexity is the buzz phrase of the intelligent design movement.’
    • ‘The rest of us know this is just propaganda and the terms are just hollow buzzwords that do not match reality of living here.’
    • ‘In all such cases, there is a real meaning to the term but as a political buzzword it is rarely if ever defined.’
    guiding principle, slogan, motto, maxim, axiom, mantra, truism, catchword, catchphrase, catchline, sound bite, byword, battle cry, rallying cry, formula, refrain, saying
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