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Examples of acronym in a Sentence
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is known by the acronym “NATO.”
Recent Examples of acronym from the Web
Mario Venetos, a resident of the 800 block of Flintlock Drive in the adjacent Greenridge II subdivision, told members of the committee, also known by its acronym DAC, who reviewed the new preliminary plan.
Skripal served with Russia's military intelligence, often known by its Russian-language acronym GRU, and retired in 1999.
The rules are wonky, technical and often inscrutable, an alphabet soup of acronyms like MUDD, TOD and R-3.
That’s an acronym for Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (S. 1518 and H.R. 3174).
The Steering Committee for Action on Louisville's Agenda — or SCALA, its gawd-awful acronym — was born of secrecy, no matter what David Jones Sr., who founded the group, says.
Or in a bind, just remember to S.L.E.E.P. Orkin was kind enough to supplement their terrifying list with this handy room-inspecting acronym, which goes as follows: S urvey the hotel room for signs of an infestation.
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LiDAR is an acronym for light detection and ranging.
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What's the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym?
Some people are unsure of whether to call ASAP or appt abbreviations or acronyms. Both abbreviation and acronym are used to refer to a shortened form, but an acronym is a shortened form of a phrase and is usually made up of the initial letters of that phrase. For example, NATO comes from “North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” and ASAP comes from “as soon as possible.” Abbreviations, on the other hand, can be shortened forms of words or phrases, and need not necessarily be made up of the initial letters of either. ASAP and appt (for appointment) are both considered abbreviations, but only ASAP is an acronym. Acronyms are a type of abbreviation.
What is the difference between the words acronym and initialism?
Acronym is a fairly recent word, dating from the 1940s, although acronyms existed long before we gave them that name. The term was preceded in English by the word initialism, meaning an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of a phrase, and which has been in use since the late 19th century.
Some people feel strongly that acronym should only be used for terms like NATO, which is pronounced as a single word, and that initialism should be used if the individual letters are all pronounced distinctly, as with FBI. Our research shows that acronym is commonly used to refer to both types of abbreviations.
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.
ACRONYM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acronym for English Language Learners
: a word formed from the first letters of each one of the words in a phrase
ACRONYM Defined for Kids
Definition of acronym for Students
- The word “radar” is an acronym for “radio detecting and ranging.”
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