acrostic

noun acros·tic \ ə-ˈkrȯs-tik , -ˈkräs- \

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

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

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