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In a year that brought us a lot of buzzwords, dictionary Merriam-Webster has chosen “feminism” as its No. 1.

Merriam-Webster‘s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, showing a 70% increase over 2016. It also saw several spikes in lookups that corresponded to various news reports and events during the year. The general rise in lookups tells us that many people are interested in this word; specific spikes give us insight into some of the reasons why.

From The Associated Press:

Today, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

Read more about why the dictionary chose “feminism” here.