- The definition of acrostic is the term used to describe a poem or verse in which one letter in each word is used to form another word.
An example of something that can be acrostic is a poem that is a child's name with a different adjective used for each letter in the name.
- Acrostic is defined as a poem or verse in which certain letters in each word, such as the first and the last, are used to form another word.
An example of a famous acrostic is Het Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem.
acrostic definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Greek akrostichos ; from akros (see acro-) plush stichos, line of verse
- acrostically adverb
acrostic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence.
- See word square.
Origin: French acrostiche, from Old French, from Greek akrostikhis : akron, head, end; see acromegaly + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.
- a·crosˈtic adjective
- a·crosˈti·cal·ly adverb