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anacronym

Line breaks: an|acro¦nym
Pronunciation: /ənˈakrənɪm/

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Definition of anacronym in English:

noun

An acronym of which the constituent letters are taken from words that are unfamiliar to most people (e.g. Nicam, scuba).

Origin

1980s: from Greek an- 'without' + acronym.

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