Abbreviation Definition

ə-brēvē-āshən
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noun
The act or product of shortening.
American Heritage
A making shorter.
Webster's New World
The fact or state of being made shorter.
Webster's New World
A shortened form of a word or phrase, as N.Y. for New York, Mr. for Mister, lb for pound, ctn for cotangent.
Webster's New World

The result of shortening or reducing; abridgment. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

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Other Word Forms of Abbreviation

Noun

Singular:
abbreviation
Plural:
abbreviations

Origin of Abbreviation

  • First attested 1400–50. From Middle English abbreviacioun, from Middle French abréviation, from Late Latin abbreviātiō, from ab (“from”) + abbreviō (“make brief”), from Latin ad + breviō (“shorten”), from brevis (“short”).

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