Noun, the fear of people from outside of your group, ethnicity or nationality.
Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year is always a word that shows up the most in online conversations. It represents a lot of the public issues of the year. Previous words include identity (2015 pick), exposure (2014 pick), privacy (2013 pick). When you consider issues including identity politics, Ebola exposure, online privacy concerns and, most recently, Trump, it is not hard to see why these words would come up often.
Are you looking for something a little…lighter?
Not all dictionaries have such heavy choices! Take a look at the Oxford Dictionary‘s choices:
And this year’s: Post-truth