Collins English Dictionary has named the word ‘lockdown’ as the Collins Word of the Year 2020, defining it as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces”.

According to the dictionary, the word was most used in the year and helped the nations all across the globe fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“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.

Collins language content consultant Helen Newstead said the lockdown changed the human experiences and practices related to work, shopping, studying and socialising.

“Language is a reflection of the world around us and 2020 has been dominated by the global pandemic.”

“Lockdown has affected the way we work, study, shop, and socialise. With many countries entering a second lockdown, it is not a word of the year to celebrate but it is, perhaps, one that sums up the year for most of the world,” she said.

Collins added that it recorded over 0.25 million usages of the word ‘lockdown’ in the ongoing year in comparison to only 4000 in the last year.

Other words related to the COVID-19 that made it to the top 10 words of the year in the Collins dictionary, include furlough, self-isolate and the word ‘coronavirus’. While furlough means temporary lay-offs of the employees, self-isolate means to quarantine oneself to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.