- 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
Examples from the Web for acronyms
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 7, 2012
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
April 28, 2012
The men had all sorts of lingo and acronyms that they used to review the services of the women they procured erotic services from.Professor Pimp?
June 24, 2011
One of the acronyms spawned by the Internet is IANAL, which stands for “I am not a lawyer.”Should Judges Rule on Gay Marriage?
August 7, 2010
Historical Examples of acronyms
It is not easy to find a path in the jungle of acronyms, which sprouted in the wake of the formation of the IMF.
Hidden behind a jungle of acronyms, an unprecedented system of international finance evolves relentlessly.
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
- 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