a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pr-nounced 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 pr-nounced separately; an .
an .
to make an acronym of:
the committee’s name has been acronymed mike.
a pr-nounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, unesco for the united nations educational, scientific, and cultural organization

word formed from the first letters of a series of words, 1943, american english coinage from acro- + -onym “name” (abstracted from h-m-nym; see name (n.)). but for cabalistic esoterica and acrostic poetry, the practice was practically non-existent before 20c.
acronym [(ak-ruh-nim)]

a word formed by combining the beginning letters of a name or phrase, as in wasp for white anglo-saxon protestant, or by combining the initial syllables of a series of words, as in radar, which stands for radio detecting and ranging.

note: acronyms are often less clumsy than the complete expressions they represent and are easier to write and remember.

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