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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-krof-uh-nee]
    • /əˈkrɒf ə ni/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-krof-uh-nee]
    • /əˈkrɒf ə ni/

Definitions of acrophony word

  • noun acrophony the use of symbols to represent sounds 3
  • noun plural acrophony the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd's crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd's crook. 1
  • noun plural acrophony the use of a word as the name of the alphabetical symbol representing the initial sound of that word. 1
  • noun acrophony Naming letters in an alphabetic writing system using words whose initial sounds are represented by the respective letters. 1

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Origin of acrophony

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
First recorded in 1880-85; acro- + -phony

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Parts of speech for Acrophony


acrophony popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acrophony usage trend in Literature

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