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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).
Example sentences
  • The heritage of McMurdo as a military base really shows in the anacronyms used for buildings.
  • I sure hope that's not an anacronym for somebody else!
  • Bibliographic description has many specialized terms, anacronyms and abbreviations too numerous to be listed here.

Origin

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

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