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The word podcast has become common in the last few years. We will examine the definition of the word podcast, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A podcast is an audio file that is recorded digitally and uploaded to the internet. A podcast may be listened to from a computer or a mobile device such as a tablet or smart phone. Podcasts are usually a series of shows with the same subject matter or theme, available for listening on demand. Podcast may be used as a noun or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are podcasts, podcasted, podcasting, podcaster. The word podcasting was coined in 2004 by Ben Hammersley, a journalist writing for the Guardian. It was popularized by Dannie J. Gregoire, an app developer. The word podcast is a portmanteau, which is a word constructed by blending the sounds and meanings of two different words. Podcast is derived from the word pod, taken from the word iPod, and cast, from broadcast. It was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2005.


One of my resolutions for 2018 has been to duck out of the movies/TV sphere and do some more watching with my ears — to sample more podcasts than I usually do and stick with the ones that work. (The Boston Globe)

On this week’s episode of The Mothership, USA TODAY’s geek culture podcast, we break down the latest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with special guest Kwanza Osajyefo, author of the comic series Black and the new graphic novel Black AF: America’s Sweetheart. (USA Today)

She sees the podcast as giving an opportunity to other women to share their stories, receive emotional support and feel empowered so that they can prevent going through what she went through on a personal level. (Prince William Times)