A term formed from the initial letter or letters of several words or parts of words, but which is itself pronounced letter by letter.

BBC is an initialism for British Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • initialism — UK [ɪˈnɪʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m] / US [ɪˈnɪʃ(ə)lɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms initialism : singular initialism plural initialisms an abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word, pronounced separately. NHS and CBS are initialisms.. See:… …   English dictionary

  • initialism — /ɪˈnɪʃəlɪzm/ (say i nishuhlizm) noun an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of a sequence of words, as ACTU (from Australian Council of Trade Unions) or LPG (from liquefied petroleum gas). Compare acronym. Usage: An initialism can be… …  

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  • initialism — noun Date: 1899 an abbreviation formed from initial letters …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • initialism — /i nish euh liz euhm/, n. 1. a name or term formed from the initial letters of a group of words and pronounced as a separate word, as NATO for North Atlantic Treaty Organization; an acronym. 2. a set of initials representing a name, organization …   Universalium

  • initialism — noun an abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately (e.g. BBC) …   English new terms dictionary

  • initialism — ini·tial·ism …   English syllables

  • initialism — in•i•tial•ism [[t]ɪˈnɪʃ əˌlɪz əm[/t]] n. cvb an abbreviation or acronym formed from the initial letters of a group of words • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

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