The dictionary’s editors said that it was the third most searched-for word of the year, but comes in at number one once you discount words that recur almost every year, such as “hello” and “dictionary”.
According to the dictionary, “quarantine” was searched for the most in between 18 and 24 March, when restrictions began to be imposed due to the pandemic.
"A general period of time in which people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely, so that they do not catch or spread a disease," it reads.
There were also several new words added to the dictionary, including “HyFlex”, which is short for hybrid flexible, a term used to describe a style of teaching that sees some students participating in a class virtually while others are also there physically.
In a poll, readers were asked which words they think should be added to the dictionary this year.
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