Definitions for acronymˈæk rə nɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•ro•nymˈæk rə nɪm(n.)

  1. a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of the words in a name or phrase, as Wac from Women's Army Corps, or loran from

    long-range navigation.

  2. an acrostic.

    Category: Games, Prosody

Origin of acronym:

1940–45; acr - + -onym


Princeton's WordNet

  1. acronym(noun)

    a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. acronym(noun)ˈæk rə nɪm

    a word made using the first letters of other words

    AIDS is an acronym.


  1. acronym(Noun)

    An abbreviation formed by (usually initial) letters taken from a word or series of words, that is itself pronounced as a word, such as RAM, radar, or scuba; sometimes contrasted with initialism.

  2. acronym(Noun)

    A pronounceable word formed from the beginnings (letter or syllable) of other words and thus representing the phrase so formed, e.g. Benelux = the countries Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg considered as a political or economic whole.

  3. acronym(Noun)

    Any abbreviation so formed, regardless of pronunciation, such as TNT, IBM, or XML.

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