Definition of L-word in English:

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L-word

Pronunciation: /ˈelˌwərd/

noun

US informal, humorous
Used in place of such words as “liberal,” “lesbian,” and “love,” in contexts where the word is regarded as having negative or taboo connotations.
Example sentences
  • Commentators across the country expressed their shock and horror at hearing the L-word used in political debate.
  • American liberalism has transformed itself into the L-word, a curse to be avoided even by some of its foremost champions, such as John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi.
  • Moreover, the issues in this campaign are different from those of 16 years ago, when the elder Bush branded Dukakis with the dreaded L-word.

Origin

On the pattern of F-word.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: L-word

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