fad [fad fads] BrE [fæd]
NAmE [fæd]
something that people are interested in for only a short period of time
Syn: craze
the latest/current fad
a fad for physical fitness
Rap music proved to be more than just a passing fad.
Word Origin:
mid 19th cent. (originally dialect): probably the second element of fidfad, contraction of fiddle-faddle. Compare with faddy.
Example Bank:
the fad for cookery programmes
the fad for cosmetic surgery
Fads for vitamin supplements have been overtaken by a vogue for minerals and trace elements.
It's just a fad. It won't last.
Rap music proved to be more than just a passing fad.
These fads come and go.

WordNet Dictionary:
an interest followed with exaggerated zeal
- he always follows the latest fads
- it was all the rage that season
Syn: craze, furor, furore, cult, rage

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.A hobby ; freak; whim.
It is your favorite fad to draw plans.
2.a practise followed enthusiastically by a number of people for a limited period of time; as, the latest fad in fashion.

Dictionary of Computing:
FAD - ["FAD, A Simple and Powerful Database Language", F. Bancilonet al, Proc 13th Intl Conf on VLDB, Brighton, England, Sep1987].

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