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See also: core, Core, CORE, Coré, côre, çore, and co-r.e.



Derived from hardcore (hardcore punk; a particularly fast and intense form of punk rock).



  1. (music) Denoting a genre of music, especially one influenced by hardcore music.
    night + ‎-core → ‎nightcore
    speed + ‎-core → ‎speedcore
    metal + ‎-core → ‎metalcore
  2. (chiefly Internet slang) Denoting an aesthetic or vibe.
    norm + ‎-core → ‎normcore
    cottage + ‎-core → ‎cottagecore
    trauma + ‎-core → ‎traumacore
    • 2022 December 23, Dylan Kelly, “Can 2023 Be the Year of “Nothingcore”?”, in Hypebeast.com[1]:
      It’s more than okay to let a microtrend be just that. Naming it as a “core” turns the clothing into a social media movement, and more often than not, the title is an overcomplication for rather basic color choices or fabric selections.

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