What does acronym mean?

Definitions for acronym
ˈæk rə nɪmacronym

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acronym(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  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.

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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    HOPE is an acronym,in my view, for "Hold On, Pain Ends." Never lose Hope in your life! Hope enables you to hold on to your dreams, and to boost your will-power. Lest we forget, only when the wishes are willed, the dreams come true.

  2. Brad Woodhouse:

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

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Never give up efforts when you fail, because FAIL is truly an acronym for 'First Attempt In Learning'. Never lose hope, because HOPE is an acronym for 'Hold On, Pain Ends'. Successful people are those who never lose Hope, never give up Efforts, and build their Success out of failures. In my view, Successful persons rise from the ashes of their failures like proverbial Phoenix.

  4. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    ***(c)(p)- 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. Keven Kwaku:

    Information Superhighway is really an acronym for 'Interactive Network For Organizing, Retrieving, Manipulating, Accessing And Transferring Information On National Systems, Unleashing Practically Every Rebellious Human Intelligence, Gratifying Hackers, Wiseacres, And Yahoos'.

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