One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An award given to a website for achievement in each of a number of categories, e.g. web-based film, advertising, publishing, etc. Frequently in "Webby award". Also in plural: the annual presentation of these awards. [The Webby awards held annually by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences were first presented in 1997. Before that time, the term was used to refer to similar awards presented by other organizations. The Webby Awards is a trademark in the United Kingdom for various services including ‘conducting shows relating to achievement awards’. In the United States Webby and Webby Awards are trademarks for various services including ‘conducting an awards show for individuals or companies who have the best global communications network sites’.]
1990s; earliest use found in Business Wire. From web + -y, probably after Grammy and Emmy.
1Consisting of cobwebs or the silk of which they are made; resembling a cobweb. Also (and in earliest use): resembling woven material; specifically of the nature of webbing.
2Of the digits, wings, etc., of an animal: connected by or having a fold or membrane; webbed, palmated. Also with reference to a person, hands, etc.: resembling or characteristic of an animal of this kind.
3Informal. Also with capital initial. Of a person, group, etc.: characterized by expertise in or enthusiasm for using the World Wide Web. Of a thing: relating to or involving the use of the World Wide Web; accessible or existing online.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Liber Uricrisiarum. From web + -y.
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