"The word," they explain, "was a top lookup throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events." Well, that's one way to put it!

Some of the "news reports and events" they mention having prompted increased searches for definitions of feminism include: The Women's March on Washington; Kellyanne Conway saying she's not a feminist; the show The Handmaid's Tale and the film Wonder Woman; and "the many accounts of sexual assault and harassment in the news."

Excellent choice, Merriam-Webster!

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