noun acros·tic \ə-ˈkrȯs-tik, -ˈkräs-\

Definition of acrostic

  1. 1 :  a composition usually in verse in which sets of letters (such as the initial or final letters of the lines) taken in order form a word or phrase or a regular sequence of letters of the alphabet

  2. 2 :  acronym


or less commonly


play \-ti-kəl\ adjective


play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of acrostic

Medieval French & Greek; Medieval French acrostiche, from Greek akrostichis, from akr- acr- + stichos line; akin to steichein to go — more at stair

First Known Use: 1530

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