acrostic

noun acros·tic \ ə-ˈkrȯs-tik , -ˈkräs- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of acrostic

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 : acronym

acrostic

or less commonly acrostical play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

acrostically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of acrostic

borrowed from Middle French & Greek; Middle French acrostiche, borrowed from Greek akrostichís, from akro- acro- + -stichis, derivative of stíchos "line, row, rank," ablaut derivative of steíchein "to go in order, walk, march" — more at stair

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