- 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.
- Also a·cros·ti·cal. of, like, or forming an acrostic.
Origin of acrostic
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- 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
- the word, proverb, etc, so formed
- (as modifier)an acrostic sonnet
Word Origin for acrostic
C16: via French from Greek akrostikhis, from acro- + stikhos line of verse, stich
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