ALL meanings of acronym

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  • countable noun acronym 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 Treaty Organization'. 3
  • noun acronym 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 3
  • noun acronym a word formed from the first (or first few) letters of a series of words, as radar, from radio detecting and ranging 3
  • noun acronym An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g., ASCII, NASA). 1
  • noun acronym a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women's Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation. 1
  • noun acronym a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like, with each letter pronounced separately; an initialism. 1
  • noun acronym an acrostic. 1
  • verb with object acronym to make an acronym of: The committee's name has been acronymed MIKE. 1
  • noun acronym abbreviation: name using initials 1
  • noun Definition of acronym in Technology (jargon)   An identifier formed from some of the letters (often the initials) of a phrase and used as an abbreviation. A TLA is a meta-acronym, i.e. an acronym about acronyms. 1
  • noun acronym An abbreviation formed by (usually initial) letters taken from a word or series of words, that is itself pronounced as a word, such as RAM, radar, or scuba; sometimes contrasted with initialism. 0
  • noun acronym A pronounceable word formed from the beginnings (letter or syllable) of other words and thus representing the phrase so formed, e.g. Benelux = the countries Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg considered as a political or economic whole. 0
  • noun acronym Any abbreviation so formed, regardless of pronunciation, such as TNT, BBC, IBM, or XML (see usage notes). 0
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