This is 2017's word of the year

This is 2017's word of the year

This is 2017's word of the year

It's now defined by Merriam-Webster as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes".

The dictionary's current definitions of feminism are "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" and "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests".

Seeing that this conversation has garnered national and worldwide attention over the past 12 months, it makes sense that Merriam-Webster Dictionary's word of the year is "feminism".

March organisers claimed that women's rights were under threat following the election of Mr Trump to the White House.

According to Merriam-Webster, the word resurfaced again when Kellyanne Conway said she did not consider herself a feminist "in a classic sense".

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There was another spike when White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, the first woman to run a successful USA presidential campaign, said in February that she did not consider herself a feminist. "There's an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices". "Feminism" was the leader of the pack, with a 70 percent increase in lookups over 2016.

There was further interest in the meaning of feminism with the release of the TV series The Handmaid's Tale, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, and the hit film Wonder Woman, Merriam-Webster said.

"The word feminism was being used in a kind of general way", the dictionary's editor-at-large, Peter Sokolowski, told The Associated Press.

"As with other words that spiked this year, such as fact and complicit, the definition of feminism was itself the subject of the news story-an invitation for many people to look up the word", Merriam-Webster said in its analysis of the Word of the Year.

What one word can sum up a year marked by Women's Marches, sexual misconduct allegations and the #MeToo movement? As part of the history-making demonstration, which took place the day after the inauguration, millions of women across the world marched to protest Donald Trump and the incoming administration.

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