Meaning of anacronym in English:


Pronunciation /ənˈakrənɪm/


  • An acronym formed from the initial letters of a phrase that is not widely known (e.g. Nicam, scuba).

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides, all the ‘punk bands’ used anacronyms in their names.’
    • ‘We used to talk in anacronyms all the time.’
    • ‘At least mine was at least vaguely more constructive than an openly used, meaningless three letter word, which is an anacronym for something people never even say.’
    • ‘And lest the anacronyms escape you, what they really mean is an average data speed of 400-700 kbps and peaks of 2 Mbps when accessing the content and services.’
    • ‘How are you supposed to understand all of the unusual phrases and anacronyms used by Estate Agents, Solicitors and Mortgage companies unless someone tells you?’
    • ‘Rtems is an anacronym for the Real Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems.’
    • ‘Rob gave an after dinner speech at the meeting and had a contest to see what other anacronyms ARCH might stand for.’
    • ‘There are many terms and anacronyms that can leave you a bit mystified as to what you actually need or require from your Internet Service Provider.’
    • ‘I think there are, there are also cases where the… the anacronym has become the word and I've had several times where I've asked a colleague what an anacronym stands for and it's lost in the mists of time and the anacronym becomes the word.’
    • ‘Photography anacronyms like SOOTC and DOF can be confusing to new members.’
    • ‘Not including the usual suspects, like recursive anacronyms, such as GNU (Gnu is Not Unix), WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) and so on, what other anacronyms are there which lead you to wonder if the person who thought it up had maybe sniffed a bit too much printer toner…?’


1970s probably a blend of anachronism and acronym.