Pandemic, picked by Dictionary.com as Word of the Year 2020


The word 'pandemic' was selected by Dictionary.com as the Word of the Year 2020.



Because of its frequent use from the beginning of the year when the Covid-19 pandemic quickly spread around the world, Dictionary.com has declared 'pandemic' as its Word of the Year 2020. The quest for 'pandemic' skyrocketed on dictionary.com during the lockdown of Covid-19.

The term pandemic is described by Dictionary.com as "a disease prevalent in an entire country, continent, or the whole world." The word 'pandemic' became part of the life of everyone after the loss of life observed worldwide and millions of cases registered.


In the midst of the chaos and uncertainty created by the lockout of Covid-19, the searches for 'pandemic' increased by more than 1000 percent per month in 2020 and stayed in the top 10 percent of all searches for most of the year since then.

Top words checked on Dictionary.com


As coronavirus cases rose across the world, as parents and teachers wanted to educate the kids about this phenomenon, the term 'pandemic' became one of the top searched terms worldwide. Here are some of the most searched terms on Dictionary.com this year, apart from the term pandemic—

· Asymptomatic

· Furlough

· Frontliner

· Coronavirus

· Hydroxychloroquine

· Quarantine

· Lockdown

· PPE

· Social distancing

· Nonessential


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