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backronym Syllabification: back·ro·nym
Pronunciation: /ˈbakrəˌnim/
(also bacronym)

Definition of backronym in English:


An acronym deliberately formed from a phrase whose initial letters spell out a particular word or words, either to create a memorable name or as a fanciful explanation of a word’s origin: Biodiversity Serving Our Nation, or BISON (a backronym if ever there was one)
More example sentences
  • Later, around the mid-1970s, people began to make up backronyms for BASIC because they weren't sure.
  • Choose one and then manufacture a ridiculous backronym to explain it.
  • A number of recursive acronyms are backronyms, which used to expand to a different string but whose expansion changed once the acronym was well-known, for one reason or another, to one which included the acronym itself.


1980s: blend of back and acronym.

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