- 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 non-existent before 20c. (see в†‘http://www.etymonline.com/baloney.php here).
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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
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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
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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
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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