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acronym

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noun ac·ro·nym \ˈa-krə-ˌnim\

Simple Definition of acronym

  • : a word formed from the first letters of each one of the words in a phrase

Full Definition of acronym

  1. :  a word (as NATO, radar, or laser) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term; also :  an abbreviation (as FBI) formed from initial letters :  initialism

ac·ro·nym·icplay \ˌa-krə-ˈni-mik\ adjective
ac·ro·nym·i·cal·lyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of acronym

  1. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is known by the acronym NATO.



Origin of acronym

acr- + -onym


First Known Use: 1943

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ACRONYM Defined for Kids

acronym

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noun ac·ro·nym \ˈa-krə-ˌnim\

Definition of acronym

  1. :  a word formed from the first letter or letters of the words of a compound term <The word “radar” is an acronym for “radio detecting and ranging.”>





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