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Definition of the noun alphabet soup

What does alphabet soup mean as a name of something?


  1. a confusing assortment
  2. soup that contains small noodles in the shape of letters of the alphabet
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: soup = liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food


Alphabet Soup is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for setting a track record for 1¼ miles at Woodbine Racetrack when he won the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic, defeating both the great Cigar and Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze.

  • born in (24 years ago), child of Cozzene


"Alphabet Soup" is a short film, directed by William Wegman.


  1. Alphabet soup is a metaphor for an abundance of abbreviations or acronyms, named for a common dish made from alphabet pasta. Use dates at least as far back as Franklin D. Roosevelt's alphabet agencies of the New Deal. In the United States, the Federal Government is described as an alphabet soup on account of the multitude of agencies that it has spawned, including the NSA, CIA, FBI, USSS, ATF, DEA, NCIS and INS. In 1938, a US barbershop harmony organization was founded, aptly named SPEBSQSA or The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. as a humorous lampoon to these numerous "alphabet soup" agencies.
  2. Alphabet Soup is a Canadian children's television series which aired on CBC Television between October 5, 1971 and December 4, 1973. Each week, Trudy Young, Marc Stone, Lynn Griffin and puppet Arbuckle the Alligator would invite a guest who would talk about a subject beginning with a letter of the week.
    • begun on and completed on (42 years ago)
    • country: Canada
    • genre: Children's television series

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alphabet Soup

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Google previewMcGraw-Hill's Super-Mini American Idioms Dictionary, 2e (2007)

by Richard Spears

alphabet soup ambulance chaser Inf. a lawyer who hurries to the scene of an accident to try to get business from injured persons. The insur- ance companies are cracking down on ambulance chasers. *American as apple pie Cliché ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (2016)

by Abbie E. Goldberg

Gavriel Ansara as the “LGBTQ Alphabet Soup Problem.” Essentially, many sexual and gender minorities feel as though a diverse range of communities and experiences are superficially joined ...

Google previewAnother Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children (2012)

by Kathy Charner, Stephanie Roselli, Brittany Roberts

Vocabulary alphabet Children's Books Alphabet Soup by Abbie Zabar Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin Materials alphabet letter cards a to z bold line marker colored copy paper plastic letters a to ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

bird's-nest soup, chicken coop, control group, eggdrop soup, feedback loop, focus group, Guadeloupe, Hula-Hoop, interest group, loop-the- loop, nincompoop, open loop, paratroop, party poop, pressure group, support group; alphabet soup, ...

Google previewDictionary of Jargon (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Jonathon Green

alphabet soup n [Journalism, Government] writing which relies heavily oninitial acronyms and abbreviations; eg. that which inevitably accompanies ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

alphabet alphabet soup incomprehensible or confusing language, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2006)

by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

The alphabet soup of television program ratings (pp. 19 –38). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. Hofschire, L. (2001). Media advisories and ratings: What the experimental research tells us. In B. S. Greenberg (Ed.), The ...

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