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Definition of the noun acrophony

What does acrophony mean as a name of something?


  1. naming a letter of the alphabet by using a word whose initial sound is the sound represented by that letter
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: naming = the verbal act of naming


Acrophony is the naming of letters of an alphabetic writing system so that a letter's name begins with the letter itself. For example, Greek letter names are acrophonic: the names of the letters α, β, γ, δ, are spelled with the respective letters: αλφα, βήτα, γάμμα, δέλτα.

  • also known as 截頭表音法

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Google previewOrigins of the Alphabet (2015)

Proceedings of the First Polis Institute Interdisciplinary Conference by Christophe Rico, Claudia Attucci

Acrophony is the key principle of the first alphabet. The question naturally arises as to the degree of originality of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet with respect to acrophony, as this principle was already applied in the Egyptian script.

Google previewDictionary of Linguistics (1954)

by Mario Pei, Frank Gaynor

ACROPHONY denotes a notion, concept, idea, in contradistinction to a concrete term (q.v.). accent: (1) The stress (q.v.) with which a certain syllable of a given word is pronounced, in comparison with the other syllables of the same word.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

Acrophony also explains why the Phoenician alphabet consisted exclusively of consonants: the language has only consonant-initial words. When the Greeks borrowed the Phoenician alphabet (in the 8th c. BCE at the latest), they also ...

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2006)

by Hadumod Bussmann

References => abbreviation acrophony Process of inventing and naming alphabetical writing systems from syllabic pictographs (at pictography); the alphabetic symbols for sounds refer to the phonetic value of the first syllable of the original ...

Google previewBob's Dictionary of Big Words (2016)

by Robert Sungenis

acrophony, n. a picture of an object to represent the initial sound, letter, or syllable in the name of the object. Greek akros: tip, height + phone: sound. acrotism, n. absence or weakness of a pulse. Greek: ...

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Acrophony Meaning

Video shows what acrophony means. Naming letters in an alphabetic writing system using words whose initial sounds are represented by the respective letters.

Scrabble value of A1C3R1O1P3H4O1N1Y4

The value of this 9-letter word is 19 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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