Merriam-Webster Names the 2017 Word of the Year How does Merriam-Webster choose the word of the year? The online dictionary measures which words are searched the most. In 2017, the most-searched word since January was FEMINISM
1. the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. 2. organized activity in support of women's rights and interests. Many of the searches spiked during the #MeToo movement and continued to increase with news of sexual assault allegations.
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