acronym
[ ak-ruh-nim ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
from Greek akron ‘end, tip’ + -onym
Synonyms
  • phrase
  • wordplay
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Antonyms
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  • full form
  • full name
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Definition
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
Example
OPEC is the acronym for Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
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