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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

acronymic

play \ˌa-krə-ˈni-mik\ adjective

acronymically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of acronym in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Acronym was created by combining acr- ("beginning") with -onym, ("name" or "word"). You may recognize -onym in other familiar English words such as pseudonym and synonym. English speakers borrowed -onym directly from the Greek (it derives from onyma, the Greek word for "name"). Acr- is also from Greek, but it made a side trip through Middle French on its way to English.

Origin and Etymology 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 for Students

  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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