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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ To converse intelligently these days, you better know your acronyms.
▪ It was called UDAG-a sincere-sounding acronym that covered a multitude of sins.
▪ Making this unlovely acronym come alive is the job of two committees being set up in Brussels this week.
▪ Many new terms and acronyms are noted, but some of them are not satisfactorily explained.
▪ Others say the name is an acronym, formed from the initials of three of the first amateur operators.
▪ The layers of jargon and acronyms are explained to reveal the systems and products underneath.
▪ The trading name, Agra, is an acronym of their first names.
▪ Use of acronyms is complicated by the fact that many now have multiple meanings.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

word formed from the first letters of a series of words, 1943, American English coinage from acro- + -onym "name" (abstracted from homonym; see name (n.)). But for cabalistic esoterica and acrostic poetry, the practice was practically non-existent before 20c. For distinction of usage (not maintained on this site), see initialism.


n. 1 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. 2 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. 3 Any abbreviation so formed, regardless of pronunciation, such as ''TNT, BBC, IBM'', or ''XML'' (see usage notes).


n. a word formed from the initial letters of a multi-word name


An acronym is a word or name formed as an abbreviation from the initial components in a phrase or a word, usually individual letters (as in NATO or laser) and sometimes syllables (as in Benelux).

There is no universal standardization of the various names for such abbreviations and of their orthographic styling. In English and most other languages, such abbreviations historically had limited use, but they became much more common in the 20th century. Acronyms are a type of word formation process, and they are viewed as a subtype of blending.

Usage examples of "acronym".

There were numerous longer forms of the acronym that indicated the general or specific reason for the restriction, but the simple version often was used as shorthand.

Keith still privately thought of such robots as PHARTs--PHANTOM ambulatory remote toilers--but the Waldahudin had started throwing things when it was suggested that Starplex terminology contained acronyms nested within acronyms.

He got lists of various projects: acronyms, cryptonyms, tautonyms, Houyhnhnms.

Stone alcoholics are like Barry Sanders, they just keep bouncing off of tacklers and switching directions on their way toward the End Zone of Life, where a TD is simply an acronym for Tragic Death.

Navy came up with the term, an acronym for Submarine Naval Automated Robotic Combat system.

The United Nations - and the acronym soup of multilateral development banks, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations that descended on the region - failed to come up with a coherent plan for endowing Kosovo with a sustainable economy.

Soon afterwards, the clerks in ordnance take to identifying goods received by the initials Anzac, which soon enough becomes the accepted acronym.

It had no controls, knobs, or anything, just a single red LED with the word power printed underneath it, and, in big letters, the Green Biophysical Systems logo, and the acronym IMIPREM.

The official name was pressurized vehicle for extended extravehicular traversea PVEETbut nobody could even agree on how to pronounce that one, and people giggled every time the acronym was used.

PTSD was the acronym the military doctors had assigned to it-for posttraumatic stress disorder.

Even in his original time, the special jargon and odd acronyms had been signaling the arrival of new protolanguages, emerging forms as alien as Sanskrit or classical Greek.

It had no controls, knobs, or anything, just a single red LED with the word POWER printed underneath it, and, in big letters, the Green Biophysical Systems logo, and the acronym IMIPREM.

The modern apartment blocks, the bright awnings over the balconies, the walls marked with acronyms of political parties, an occasional old sepia building with a terra-cotta roof.

Many hacker groups further re-encrypt their names by the use of acronyms: United Technical Underground becomes UTU, Farmers of Doom become FoD, the United SoftWareZ Force becomes, at its own insistence, "TuSwF," and woe to the ignorant rodent who capitalizes the wrong letters.

Powerful people, celebrities, and governments paid small fortunes for his skill and the cold logic of a silicon beast called CORE (an acronym for Common Object Repository for the Enterprise), affectionately christened “Big Brain” by Grogg, the man who helped conceive her according to Sam’s vision.