Acronym

Pronunciation: [ ak-ruh-nim ]


Definition: noun

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; a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like, with each letter pronounced separately; an initialism

Origin: 1940s; Greek


Etymology: from Greek akron ‘end, tip’ + -onym


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • phrase

  • wordplay

  • composition

Antonyms:

  • expansion

  • full form

  • full name

  • spelled out

Example: OPEC is the acronym for Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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