Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms


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An ABBREVIATION is a shortened form of a word or phrase. 

An ACRONYM is a type of abbreviation formed from the initial letter or letters of a phrase or compound-word and pronounced as a single word.  Some examples are AWOL, laser, NATO, AIDS, hazmat, UNICEF, and NASA.

An INITIALISM is also a type of abbreviation formed from initial letters, but one that is not pronounced as a word.  Some examples are FBI, CIA, USA, FM, and YMCA.


Abbreviations by category:

Titles of Literary Works
Books of the Bible
Legal Terms and Abbreviations
Mathematical Terms and Symbols
Musical Terms
Periodic Table of Elements
Weights and Measures