What Does BTS Mean?

BTS Means "The Bangtan Boys," "Better Than Sex" and "Be There Soon."

The most common meanings for BTS in text-based messaging and chats used to be "Better Than Sex" and "Be There Soon." However, BTS is now more often used to refer to the Korean boy band BTS ("The Bangtan Boys"). Here's a little more information about each meaning:

"Bangtan Boys." BTS is the name of a 7-member Korean boy band called the "Bangtan Boys". BTS stands for "Bang Tan Sonyeondan", which literally translates as the "Bulletproof Boy Scouts." In July 2017, as part of a revamp of their image, BTS announced they would also be known as "Beyond The Scene."

The seven members of BTS and their roles within the band are:
Rapmon (Kim Namjoon)Leader and lead rapper. (Writes many of the lyrics.)
Jin (Kim Seokjin)Vocalist. (The oldest member of the band.)
Suga (Min Yoongi)Rapper.
J-Hope (Jung Hoseok)Rapper and a lead dancer.
Jimin (Park Jimin)Main vocalist.
V (Kim Taehyung)Vocalist.
Jungkook (Jeon Jungkook)Dancer and vocalist. (Youngest band member.)
Fans of the band are called the BTS ARMY. (According to some fans, ARMY is an acronym, meaning "Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth.")

BTS 'IDOL' Official MV

"Better Than Sex." Outside of fans of the boy band, BTS usually means "Better Than Sex." In this context, BTS is used as an expression of satisfaction or contentment. Typically, BTS is preceded with a hashtag ("#BTS") and follows a statement. For example:
  • Just had a veggie burger after 10 years of eating meat. #BTS
  • Lockdown listened to the Stones 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!' album. #BTS
"Be There Soon." BTS is also used with the meaning "Be There Soon" (i.e., "I will arrive shortly").

Summary of Key Points

The most common definition for BTS on social media and messaging apps is "Bang Tan Sonyeondan" ("The Bangtan Boys").

Definition:"Bang Tan Sonyeondan" ("The Bangtan Boys")
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Second Definition for BTS

"Better Than Sex" is another common definition for BTS.

Definition:Better Than Sex
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for BTS

BTS also means "Be There Soon."

Definition:Be There Soon
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for BTS

When I write BTS, I mean this:

meaning of BTS
BTS most commonly refers to "The Bangtan Boys."


Examples of BTS in Sentences

Here are examples of BTS being used in conversations:
  • Jackie: Have you seen the new BTS video?
  • Emma: Is it any good?
  • Jackie: It's BTS!
  • (Here, BTS means both "The Bangtan Boys" and "Better Than Sex.")
  • John: I've just done a tandem skydive.
  • Anna: Any good?
  • John: BTS
  • Anna: Everything is BTS with you!
  • (Here, BTS means "Better Than Sex.")
  • Toni: The traffic is really heavy. BTS.
  • Ali: Take your time. Your dinner's in the dog.
  • (Here, BTS mean "Be There Soon.")

An Academic Look at BTS

BTS is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Bee Tee Ess"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of BTS Used in a Text


See Also

Selves-isolating (Locking down with a partner) ASAIC (as soon as I can) ASAP (as soon as possible) BHS (be home soon) H2CUS (hope to see you soon) HTSYS (hope to see you soon) STB (soon to be) SYRS (see you real soon)