- 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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- 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
Word Origin for acronym
C20: from acro- + -onym
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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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