What does acronym mean?

Definitions for acronym
ˈæk rə nɪmacro·nym

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acronymnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. acronymnoun

    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. acronymnoun

    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. acronymnoun

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

Wikipedia

  1. Acronym

    An acronym is a word or name formed from the initial components of a longer name or phrase, usually using individual initial letters, as in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) or EU (European Union), but sometimes using syllables, as in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg), or a mixture of the two, as in radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging). Similarly, acronyms are sometimes pronounced as words, as in NASA or UNESCO, sometimes as the individual letters, as in FBI or ATM, or a mixture of the two, as in JPEG or IUPAC. The broader sense of acronym inclusive of terms pronounced as the individual letters (such as "TNT") is sometimes criticized, but it is the term's original meaning and is in common use. Language authorities such as dictionary and style guide editors are not in universal agreement on the naming for such abbreviations: in particular it is a matter of some dispute whether the term acronym can be legitimately applied to abbreviations which are not pronounced "as words"; nor do they agree on the correct use of space, case, and punctuation. See the Nomenclature, Lexicography and style guides and Orthographic styling sections below.

Editors Contribution

  1. acronym

    A group of uppercase letters where each letter signifies a word.

    SMTP is acronym for simple mail transfer protocol.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 5, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acronym in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acronym in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of acronym in a Sentence

  1. Brad Woodhouse:

    Let me respond by using the acronym of Christie's PAC- LMFAO.

  2. State John Kerry:

    But the fact is, if all you do is do that, you're not going to solve this problem, some secretary of state is going to be here in the future. Some president will be there. And there'll be a different acronym, and you're going to be talking about how you get rid of them. Because there's a big pool of people out there waiting to be seduced into this.

  3. Ahmad Hanif:

    The situation is getting very dangerous, not only do we fear being killed in the regime bombardments but now we fear being killed by Daesh( the Arabic acronym for IS). Daesh targets NGOs because they consider us spies for the West.

  4. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    Truth -has a way of silencing the enemy or your adversaries. My reggae is the sword of the spirit of truth, jah truth. It is the acronym for-taking reggae unto the heathens.

  5. Gary Johnson:

    This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human, yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict—I talk about them every day. But hit with ‘What about Aleppo?’, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.

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