Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of 2016: Surreal

Last Updated: Monday, December 19, 2016, 3:04 PM EST

Considering the political drama that unfolded during the presidential election and the tragedy of the Pulse attack and Hurricane Matthew, Merriam-Webster's word of the year seems fitting.

  • 'Surreal' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year
  • Website searches spiked during year's biggest events
  • Runners-up included 'bigly,' 'revenant'

The dictionary said the word "surreal" was its word of the year for 2016, with website searches surging during some of the year's biggest events.

"The Word of the Year for 2016 is 'surreal,' with lookups of the word spiking for different reasons over the course of the year. Beginning with the Brussels terror attacks in March, major spikes included the days following the coup attempt in Turkey and the terrorist attack in Nice, with the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the U.S. election in November," Merriam-Webster said.

Surreal means: "marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream" or something that is unbelievable or fantastic.

Some of the other words that made the list included: irregardless, bigly and revenant.

Read more about Merriam-Webster's word of the year here.