acronym

acronym
noun Etymology: acr- + -onym Date: 1943 a word (as NATO, radar, or snafu) 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 ; initialismacronymic adjectiveacronymically adverb

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  • acronym — ac‧ro‧nym [ˈækrənɪm] noun [countable] a word made up of the first letters of the name of something such as an organization. For example, NATO is an acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization * * * acronym UK US /ˈækrəʊnɪm/ noun [C] ► an… …   Financial and business terms

  • acronym — 1. This term, which was first used in the 1940s, denotes a type of abbreviation made up of a set of initials that are pronounced as a single word, as Nato is (as distinct from BBC). An acronym is generally treated as a word in its own right in… …   Modern English usage

  • acronym — (n.) word formed from the first letters of a series of words, 1943, Amer.Eng. coinage from ACRO (Cf. acro ) + onym name (abstracted from homonym; see NAME (Cf. name)). But for cabalistic esoterica and acrostic poetry, the practice was practically …   Etymology dictionary

  • acronym — ► NOUN ▪ a word formed from the initial letters of other words (e.g. laser, Aids). ORIGIN from Greek akron end, tip + onoma name …   English terms dictionary

  • acronym — ☆ acronym [ak′rə nim΄ ] n. [ ACR(O) + ONYM] a word formed from the first (or first few) letters of a series of words, as radar, from ra dio d etecting a nd r anging acronymic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Acronym — Ein Akronym (=Initialwort) (griech. ἀκρωνύμιον, von ἄκρος/ákros, „die Spitze, der Rand“, und ὄνομα/ónoma, „der Name“) ist ein Sonderfall der Abkürzung. Es gibt zwei konkurrierende Definitionen des Begriffs. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Begriffsdefinition …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • acronym — UK [ˈækrənɪm] / US [ˈækrəˌnɪm] noun [countable] Word forms acronym : singular acronym plural acronyms linguistics an abbreviation consisting of letters that form a word. For example, NATO is an acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization …   English dictionary

  • acronym — n. to form an acronym * * * [ ækrənɪm] to form an acronym …   Combinatory dictionary

  • acronym — [[t]æ̱krənɪm[/t]] acronyms N COUNT An acronym is a word composed of the first letters of the words in a phrase, especially when this is used as a name. An example of an acronym is NATO which is made up of the first letters of the North Atlantic… …   English dictionary

  • acronym — / ækrənɪm/ noun a word which is made up from the initials of other words ● The name of the company was especially designed to provide a catchy acronym. ● BASIC is an acronym for Beginner’s All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code …   Marketing dictionary in english

  • acronym — any abbreviation using the initial letters of the words abbreviated. Museum collections of fishes are catalogued with an acronym and a number; these acronyms are listed in Leviton et al. (1985) and Leviton and Gibbs (1988) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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