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acronym

ac·ro·nym

acronym

 
 
pronunciation:
ae kr nIm
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part of speech: noun
definition: a type of abbreviation used as a word, formed by combining the initial letters (or initial parts) of words that make up a particular string. The pronunciation of an acronym is based on the typical rules of pronouncing words in a language and is not made up of the sounds of the names of individual letters.
NASA is an acronym for "National Aeronautics and Space Administration."The abbreviations "FBI" and "DVD" are not acronyms, but "AIDS," "FICA," and "PIN" are.
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derivations: acronymic (adj.), acronymous (adj.)
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