alphabet soup


: a hodgepodge especially of initials (as of the names of organizations)

Example Sentences

a bowl of alphabet soup the alphabet soup of designer drugs that were available to patrons of the once-notorious disco
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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alphabet soup was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Alphabet soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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