Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A word or phrase connected with a specialized field or group that usually sounds important or technical and is used primarily to impress laypersons: "'Sensitivity' is the buzzword in the beauty industry this fall” ( ADWEEK).
  • n. A stylish or trendy word or phrase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word drawn from or imitative of technical jargon, and often rendered meaningless and fashionable through abuse by non-technical persons in a seeming show of familiarity with the subject.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

Etymologies

U.S. 1970s from buzz + word (Wiktionary)

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