Merriam-Webster to Auction an NFT of Its New Definition of an NFT

The auction will take place on NFT marketplace OpenSea with bidding commencing May 11.

AccessTimeIconMay 11, 2021 at 11:29 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:53 p.m. UTC

Merriam-Webster has added a definition of non-fungible token (NFT) to its dictionary and will auction an animated NFT of the definition this week.

  • The new definition reads: “A unique digital identifier that cannot be copied, substituted or subdivided, that is recorded in a blockchain, and that is used to certify authenticity and ownership (as of a specific digital asset and specific rights relating to it.”
  • The auction is taking place on NFT marketplace OpenSea with bidding commencing from 09.30 a.m. ET May 11 and closing at 11:59 p.m. ET May 14, according to an announcement Tuesday.
  • Net proceeds from the auction will be donated to Teach For All, a network of organizations from 60 countries aiming to tackle educational inequality around the world.
  • Peter Soklowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, described the auction as “a fun way to own a little bit of Merriam-Webster’s thought and learning.”
  • Merriam-Webster added “cryptocurrency” and “blockchain” to its venerable dictionary in March 2018, with “bitcoin” having been added nearly two years earlier.


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