- a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
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ac•ro•nym /ˈækrənɪm/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- 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 AIDS from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
ac•ro•nym (ak′rə nim),USA pronunciation n.
(ak′rə nim),USA pronunciation adj.
- a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words, as Wac from Women's Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
- Games, Poetryan acrostic.
- to make an acronym of:The committee's name has been acronymed MIKE.
- 1940–45; acr- + -onym
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acronym /ˈækrənɪm/ n
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