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Noun: acronym  'ak-ru,nim
  1. A word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced as one word
    "the word 'scuba' is an acronym for s(elf)-c(ontained) u(nderwater) b(reathing) a(pparatus)"; "AIDS is an acronym for acquired immune deficiency syndrome";
    - initialism

Derived forms: acronyms

Type of: descriptor, form, signifier, word form

Encyclopedia: Acronym