acronym

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•ro•nym /ˈækrənɪm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  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 AIDS from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Compare abbreviation.See -acro-, -onym-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•ro•nym  (akrə nim),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. Games, Poetryan acrostic.

v.t. 
  1. to make an acronym of:The committee's name has been acronymed MIKE.
ac′ro•nymic, a•cron•y•mous  (akrə nim),USA pronunciation adj.  ac′ro•nymi•cal•ly, adv. 
  • 1940–45; acr- + -onym

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
acronym /ˈækrənɪm/ n
  1. 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
Etymology: 20th Century: from acro- + -onym
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