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alphabet soup Syllabification: al·pha·bet soup
Pronunciation: /ˈalfəˌbet so͞op/

Definition of alphabet soup in English:


Incomprehensible or confusing language, typically containing many abbreviations or symbols.
Example sentences
  • An alphabet soup of optical technologies is available, including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RAM and DVD-RW, with even more on the way.
  • But the group didn't know which of Blue Cross's alphabet soup of plans - HMO, PPO, and so on - was best for the employees.
  • In your company's alphabet soup of necessary abbreviations, you should already have reserved a spot for PHI - protected health information.


Early 20th century: alluding to a kind of clear soup containing pasta in the shapes of letters.

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