alphabet soup

noun

Definition of alphabet soup

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

Examples of alphabet soup in a Sentence

a bowl of alphabet soup the alphabet soup of designer drugs that were available to patrons of the once-notorious disco
Recent Examples on the Web And the alphabet soup of US agencies are seemingly keeping their focus on the threat. Laura Defrancesco, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 Dodge created a few of their own order combinations just in case the options list starts to taste like alphabet soup. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 16 Nov. 2021 Besides, those important questions won’t be posed only by people with an alphabet soup of Ph.ds and MFAs after their names. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 24 Nov. 2021 The labels and marketing materials of many of these stress-relieving drinks point to an alphabet soup of wellness ingredients and buzzwords. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Within this dense alphabet soup of rules, regulations, and restrictions, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is also very relevant, and handling of very sensitive data is a priority. Michael Kure, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 These codes — complete with their alphabet soup of abbreviations – are one of the least glamorous parts of popular music. Robert Levine, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2021 Armed with an alphabet soup of analytic tools – PCLs, SDI, PODs, and others – firefighters are getting crucial help deciding where to direct their efforts during increasingly out-of-control fire seasons, Mr. Pietruszka said. Avi Asher-schapiro, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 July 2021 Keeanu Benton doesn’t have a taste for alphabet soup. NFL? Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of alphabet soup

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alphabet soup was in 1884

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13 Jan 2022

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“Alphabet soup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alphabet%20soup. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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alphabet soup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alphabet soup

: a type of soup for children with small noodles that are shaped like letters of the alphabet

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