'Youthquake' named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

Youth supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attend his final campaign speech in June.

(CNN)Oxford Dictionaries has crowned "youthquake" as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer's election in the United Kingdom.

An amalgamation of "youth" and "earthquake", the noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people."
The word was coined in the 1960s by then-Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, to describe upheavals in fashion and music caused by Britain's youth culture.
Diana Vreeland was editor of Vogue US between 1963-1971 and coined the term 'youthquake'.
But an almost five-fold resurgence in usage of the word was seen between 2016 and 2017 in a different context -- as a result of surprisingly high youth participation in June's election.
    Predictions of a big victory for Theresa May's Conservative Party before the election were based partly on assumptions that most young people wouldn't vote.
    But high youth turnout in favor of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party helped the opposition party gain seats at the expense of the Conservatives, who lost their majority in Parliament.
    Millennial voters campaigned extensively for Corbyn, hosting grime events and sharing memes on social media.
    Grime artist JME campaigned for Corbyn this summer.