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EGOT, n.

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Origin: Formed within English, as an acronym. Etymons: Emmy n., Grammy n.2, Oscar n.3, Tony n.1
Etymology: Acronym < the initial letters of Emmy n., Grammy n.2, Oscar n.3, and Tony n.1
orig. and chiefly U.S.

  The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards viewed as a single achievement. Also: a person who has won all four awards.See Emmy n., Grammy n.2, Oscar n.3, Tony n.1 2.
 
Coined by U.S. actor Philip Michael Thomas (b. 1949): see quots. 1984, 1985.

1984   Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) 24 Aug. (World section) 5/2   He [sc. Philip Michael Thomas] launched a plan called ‘EGOT’. ‘That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony,’ he said. ‘Hopefully in the next five years I will win all those awards.’
1985   Jet 20 May 56   Thomas..says his goal this year is to become an EGOT—winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
2012   N.Y. Mag. 12 Mar. 40/1   He's [sc. Mike Nichols] one of only a dozen or so ‘EGOTS’, having won four Emmys, one Grammy, one Oscar, and nine Tonys.
2016   Hartford (Connecticut) Courant (Nexis) 18 May d1   ‘I really want that Oscar,’ Lauper said. ‘I have the GET but I need that EGOT.’

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This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, January 2018).