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acronym

Definition:

a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Derivatives:

acronymic | acronymous

Plural:

acronyms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"word formed from the first letters of a series of words", American English...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

acronym | acronymic [derived]

a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, "UNESCO" for the "United Nations Educational, Scientific, ... (24 of 436 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/acronym

Wiktionary:

acronym | acronyms [plural]

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. | A pronounceable word formed from the beginnings (letter... (40 of 359 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/acronym

Oxford Dictionary:

acronym

an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g. ASCII, NASA). | Grammar An abbreviation composed of the ... (24 of 152 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/acronym

Columbia Encyclopedia:

abbreviation | acronym | contraction

in writing, arbitrary shortening of a word, usually by cutting off letters from the end, as in United States and Gen. (General). Contraction serves ... (24 of 132 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

acronym | laser | initialism [synonym] | acronymic [adjective, related] | acronymically [adverb, related]

a word (as NATO, radar,) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term ; also, an ... (28 of 82 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/acronym

Random House Dictionary:

acronym

a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a ... | an acrostic. | to make an acronym of. (23 of 61 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/acronym

Macmillan British Dictionary:

acronym [countable, linguistics] | acronyms [plural]

an abbreviation consisting of letters that form a word. For example, NATO is an acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (21 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/acronym

American Heritage Dictionary:

acronym | acronymic [adjective, related] | acronymous [adjective, related]

A word formed from the initial letters of a name, such as "WAC" for "W"omen's "A"rmy "C"orps, or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of ... (28 of 43 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/acronym

Cambridge Dictionary:

acronym

an abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word (19 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/acronym

New World Dictionary:

acronym [United States]

a word formed from the first (or first few) letters of a series of words, as radar, from radio detecting and ranging Related Forms: "acronymic" ... (25 of 26 words)

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Wikipedia:

Abbreviation

a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev. In... (44 of 3052 words, 1 image)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

abbreviation

in communications, the process or result of representing a word or group of words by a shorter form of the word or phrase. Abbreviations take many ... (26 of 520 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/616​/abbreviation

Encarta Dictionary:

acronym | acronyms [plural]

a word formed from the initials or other parts of several words, e.g. "NATO," from the initial letters of "North Atlantic Treaty Organization" (23 of 63 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583470​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

acronym

First use: 1943

Origin: "word formed from the first letters of a series of words", American English coinage from acro-, combining form of Greek akros "tip, end" ... (24 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=acronym

Wiktionary:

acronym | acronyms [plural]

Origin: acro- + -onym, first attested around 1943.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/acronym

Oxford Dictionary:

acronym

First use: 1940s

Origin: Greek akron "end, tip" + "-onym"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/acronym

Collins Dictionary:

acronym

First use: 20th century

Origin: from acro- + -onym

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/acronym

Merriam-Webster:

acronym

First use: 1943

Origin: acr- + -onym

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/acronym

acr- | acro-

Origin: Middle French or Greek; Middle French acro-, from Greek akr-, akro-, from akros topmost, extreme; akin to Greek akmē point

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/acr-

-onym

Origin: Greek -ōnymon, from onyma

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-onym

Encarta Dictionary:

acronym | acronyms [plural]

Origin: Mid-20th century from acro- + -nym from Greek onuma "name", after synonym etc

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583470​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

acronym | acronyms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "acronym"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/acronym

Collins Dictionary:

acronym

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "acronym"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "acronym"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/acronym

Macmillan British Dictionary:

acronym [countable, linguistics] | acronyms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "acronym"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/acronym

Macmillan American Dictionary:

acronym [countable, linguistics] | acronyms [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "acronym"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/acronym

Cambridge Dictionary:

acronym

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "acronym"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "acronym"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/acronym

the Free Dictionary:

acronym

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "acronym"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "acronym"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "acronym" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/acronym

Google Dictionary:

acronym | acronyms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "acronym"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

acronym

Audio: North American pronunciation of "acronym"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=acrony​01 word=acronym

YourDictionary Audio:

acronym

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "acronym"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/acronym

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