Merriam-Webster Highlights Mainstream Growth of Crypto, Adding ‘Altcoin’ and ‘Metaverse’ to Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Highlights Mainstream Growth of Crypto, Adding ‘Altcoin’ and ‘Metaverse’ to Dictionary


The oldest dictionary publisher in the United States is officially adding “altcoin” and “metaverse” to its reference pages.

According to Merriam-Webster, the two words are among 370 new official additions to the dictionary this month.

The additions signal the growing popularity and adoption of these evolving technologies.

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“When many people use a word in the same way, over a long enough period of time, that word becomes eligible for inclusion.”

Merriam-Webster’s new entry of “altcoin” says the term was first used in 2011 and was developed by adding “alt-“ to Bitcoin (BTC). The definition follows.

“Any of various cryptocurrencies that are regarded as alternatives to established cryptocurrencies and especially to Bitcoin.”

While altcoin falls under a category of added words for new ways to invest,

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