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[buhz-wurd] /ˈbʌzˌwɜrd/
a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, field of study, popular culture, etc.
Origin of buzzword
1965-70; buzz1 + word Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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also buzz word, 1946, from buzz (n.) + word (n.). Noted as Harvard student slang for the key words in a lecture or reading. Perhaps from the use of buzz in the popular counting game.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A modish technical or arcane term used to make one appear sophisticated: The rhetoric has sputtered with buzzwords like ''anticolonialist'' and ''progressive''/ I avoid buzzphrases like ''this point in time''/ Buzzword of the Month Dept

[1946+; coined in the mid-1940s by students at the Harvard Business School and meaning ''a word used to describe the key to any course or situation'' in their specialized and amusingly stilted vocabulary; hence buzz may be a shortening and repronouncing of business]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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