- a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women's Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
- a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like, with each letter pronounced separately; an initialism.
- an acrostic.
- to make an acronym of: The committee's name has been acronymed MIKE.
Origin of acronym
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Examples from the Web for acronym
Bae,” for example, is a term of endearment that is either short for “baby” or an acronym for “before anyone else.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist
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He used the Arab acronym for ISIS or ISIL, as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” commonly is known.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
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Try not to laugh when you notice what the acronym for said foundation is.It’s Official: ‘Redskins’ Is Racist, but Will the Team or NFL Listen?
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RICO is the acronym for the Racketeer-influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.The FBI Declares War on L.A.’s Crips
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The acronym of the embodying League of the Common Fate is SOS.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
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- a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
C20: from acro- + -onym
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Word Origin and History for acronym
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Acronyms are often less clumsy than the complete expressions they represent and are easier to write and remember.
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