The word of the year, according to Dictionary.com, is "woman."
Defined as "an adult female person," the choice "reflects how the intersection of gender, identity, and language dominates the current cultural conversation and shapes much of our work as a dictionary," according to a statement from Dictionary.com.
\u201cOur #WordOfTheYear is fundamental not just to our vocabulary but to who we are as humans. It\u2019s a word that\u2019s inseparable from the story of 2022. \n\nhttps://t.co/OeJELgy3YL\u2019s Word of the Year is \u201cwoman.\u201d\nhttps://t.co/3lExL2fLt7\u201d
According to Dictionary.com, the biggest spike in searches for "woman" occurred at the end of March, during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing.
Senator Marsha Blackburn asked, "Can you provide a definition for the word woman?" to which Brown replied, "No I can't."
Around this time, searches for the word increased by 1,400%.
Another spike occurred when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at the end of June. This attack on bodily autonomy prompted those to reconsider their language: Not all "women" can give birth, and not all people who give birth are "women."
Overall, this year saw twice the typical search volume for "woman."
"The dictionary reflects how people use words in the real world," said Dictionary.com's statement. However, "it is not the last word on what defines a woman."
"The word belongs to each and every woman - however they define themselves."
Other contenders for Dictionary.com's word of the year were the Ukraine flag emoji (not exactly a word), "quiet quitting", and "Wordle."
The Dictionary.com's announcement has, unsurprisingly, prompted backlash from right-wing outlets such as Fox News.
While the first definition remains "an adult female human being," the second definition is "an adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth."
The definition of "man" was also updated.
Earlier this year, Merriam-Webster received threats for updating its definition of "girl" to include "a person whose gender identity is female." It also updated its definition of "female" to include "having a gender identity that is the opposite of male."
It's notable that, in 2019, Merriam-Webster declared singular "they" the word of the year.