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