verb (used with object)
Origin of acronym
Examples from the Web for acronyms
Elections make sense; central-bank announcements replete with jargon, arcane policies, and acronyms do not stir souls.Mario Draghi May Become the Man Who Saved Europe—and the World|Zachary Karabell|September 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Liberian civil conflict was a bewildering alphabet soup of acronyms, each a rebel group led by a warlord.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor|Finlay Young|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The men had all sorts of lingo and acronyms that they used to review the services of the women they procured erotic services from.
One of the acronyms spawned by the Internet is IANAL, which stands for “I am not a lawyer.”
Hidden behind a jungle of acronyms, an unprecedented system of international finance evolves relentlessly.
It is not easy to find a path in the jungle of acronyms, which sprouted in the wake of the formation of the IMF.
The use of abbreviations, acronyms, and foreign terms has been held to a minimum.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Word Origin for acronym
word formed from the first letters of a series of words, 1943, American English coinage from acro- + -onym "name" (abstracted from homonym; see name (n.)). But for cabalistic esoterica and acrostic poetry, the practice was practically non-existent before 20c.
A word formed by combining the beginning letters of a name or phrase, as in WASP for white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or by combining the initial syllables of a series of words, as in radar, which stands for radio detecting and ranging.