Pronunciation: [ ak-ruh-nim ]
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
Example: OPEC is the acronym for Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.