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noun ˈa-krə-ˌnim

Definition of ACRONYM

: a word (as NATO, radar, or laser) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term; also : an abbreviation (as FBI) formed from initial letters : initialism

ac·ro·nym·ic ˌa-krə-ˈni-mik adjective

ac·ro·nym·i·cal·ly -mi-k(ə-)lē adverb

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Examples of ACRONYM

  1. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is known by the acronym “NATO.”

Origin of ACRONYM

acr- + -onym

First Known Use: 1943

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with ACRONYM

anonym, antonym, cryptonym, eponym, homonym, metonym, paronym, pseudonym, retronym, seraphim, synonym, tautonym, toponym, underbrim

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