Definition of initialism in English:


Syllabification: in·i·tial·ism
Pronunciation: /iˈniSHəˌlizəm


An abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately (e.g., CPU).
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  • An acronym is a word group created in a similar way to an initialism but which is pronounced as a word.
  • It is usually acceptable to start a sentence with an acronym or initialism that begins with a capital letter.
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