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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: acr- 'beginning, end' (from Greek akr-, from akros; ACROBAT) + -onym (as in homonym)

acronym

noun
     
Related topics: Linguistics
ac‧ro‧nym [countable]
SL a word made up from the first letters of the name of something such as an organization. For example NATO is an acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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