Acrostic definition

ə-krôstĭk, ə-krŏstĭk
A verse or arrangement of words in which certain letters in each line, such as the first or last, when taken in order spell out a word, motto, etc.
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Of or like an acrostic.
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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.
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A particular kind of word puzzle: its solutions form an anagram of a quotation, and their initials often form its author.
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A poem or other text in which certain letters, often the first in each line, spell out a name or message.
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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.

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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
acrostic
Plural:
acrostics

Origin of acrostic

  • French acrostiche from Old French from Greek akrostikhis akron head, end acromegaly stikhos line steigh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀκροστιχίς (akrostikhis).

    From Wiktionary