buzzword definition by Webster's New World
buzzword definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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).
- A stylish or trendy word or phrase.
buzzword - Computer Definition
A term that refers to the latest technology or a term that sounds catchy. The current major buzzwords are social and social networking, cloud and cloud computing, Big Data, Web 2.0, Twitter, Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android and green. See cloudwashing. In the beginning, everyone uses the terms to appear knowledgeable and cutting edge (see buzzword compliant). However, if not a flash in the pan, new technologies become mainstream, and the words eventually become everyday vocabulary. Nano Was Super Hot Although the frenzy definitely died down, "nano" was extremely hot right after the turn of the century. The term was tacked onto existing manufacturing processes that had already been dealing with microscopic elements for years. Some companies even added "nano" to their corporate name to take advantage of the buzz (see nanotechnology). Old Buzzwords Some of the most famous early buzzwords in the industry were MIS in the 1970s, distributed computing in the 1980s and client/server in the 1990s. The last half of the 1990s brought us numerous Internet buzzwords, including Java, intranet and e-commerce.