acrostic

[ uh-kraw-stik, uh-kros-tik ]
/ əˈkrɔ stɪk, əˈkrɒs tɪk /

noun

a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, etc.

adjective

Also a·cros·ti·cal. of, like, or forming an acrostic.

Origin of acrostic

1580–90; < Greek akrostichís, equivalent to akro- acro- + stích(os) stich1 + -is noun suffix

Related forms

a·cros·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for acrostical

acrostic

/ (əˈkrɒstɪk) /

noun

  1. a number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters
  2. the word, proverb, etc, so formed
  3. (as modifier)an acrostic sonnet

Derived Forms

acrostically, adverb

Word Origin for acrostic

C16: via French from Greek akrostikhis, from acro- + stikhos line of verse, stich
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