‘Lockdown’ is a British dictionary’s word of the year.

Lockdown, something experienced, dreaded and needed by much of the world in 2020, is Collins English Dictionary’s word of the year.

The dictionary defines the word as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces.”

But most of us are pretty familiar with it.

“Our lexicographers chose ‘lockdown’ as Word of the Year because it is a unifying experience for billions of people across the world, who have had, collectively, to play their part in combating the spread of Covid-19,” Collins said on its website.

The dictionary counted over a quarter of a million uses of the word this year, up from 4,000 last year.

Other words that made the short list were “coronavirus” — “any of a group of viruses that cause infectious illnesses of the respiratory tract, including Covid-19” — “self-isolate” and “furlough.”

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