Definition of initialism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɪʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


An abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately (e.g. BBC). Compare with acronym.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • We have a photo gallery, an index of every article published from 1956 to present, and a list of aviation terms, acronyms, initialisms and jargon.

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Line breaks: ini¦tial|ism

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