Important Abbreviation & Acronym List in English You Should Learn 1

Important Abbreviation & Acronym List in English You Should Learn

Abbreviation! Acronyms! Following is a full list of important abbreviations and acronyms in English you should learn to expand your vocabulary.

Abbreviations vs Acronyms

Abbreviation and Acronym are similar to each other as they both are short forms of longer words; however, they are two different parts of the English language.

An abbreviation is a shortened version of one or two words which are still pronounced the same way, even if they are written as an abbreviation.

An acronym, on the other hand, is a shortened version of the phrase that is most often the name of something. They are pronounced as their short forms rather than their actual full form.

NATO is pronounced NAY-TOE and not as North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Acronyms are also pronounced by the individual alphabet like with U.N, FBI, etc.

Abbreviation List

Latin Abbreviation

Abbreviations        Full       Form    Meaning                                           Use
A.DAnno DominiIn the year of our LordUsed to show years after the birth of Jesus Christ -1600 A.D
a.mAnte MeridianBefore middayUsed for the hours after midnight and before noon – 10a.m, 2a.m
c. / ca.CircaApproximatelyUsed for years/months when not sure of exact date – ca. 1500
C.VCurriculum VitaeCourse of LifeA document summarizing a person’s education and experience.
e.g.Exempli gratiaFor exampleTo give an example or instance of something – different cities, e.g. New York, Delhi, Beijing etc.
Et al.Et AliiAnd othersUsed to show that there are more names that are unmentioned on a list – Tom, Jane, Jack et al.
Etc.Et ceteraAnd other thingsUsed to signify similar things that are unmentioned on a list – milk, cheese, yogurt etc.
i.e.Id estIn other words / That isUsed in sentences to rephrase or show a connection between clauses – Jack, i.e. the most popular senior, likes Beth.
p.aPer AnnumThrough the yearUsed to show something in the manner of ‘yearly’ – He earns 2 million dollars p.a.
p.mPost meridianAfter middayUsed to show the hours after midday and before midnight – 10 p.m, 2p.m
P.SPost ScriptumSomething written after the main text was finished.Used mainly in letters to add something extra after the signoff – Yours Shirley,

P.S – I’ll be in Canada for 2 weeks.

R.I.PRequiescat in paceMay he/she rest in peaceUsed as a prayer for someone who has died – May Janet R.I.P.
StatStatimImmediatelyUsed most often in the medical fields – This man needs a bypass stat.

Abbreviations Related to Names

Abbreviation     Meaning                          Use
Dr.DoctorDr. Smith was also invited.
Gen.General (army)Gen. Luke ordered them to fire at the enemy.
Hon.HonorableHon. James Smith gave away the prizes.
Mr.MisterMr. Hall is in office at the moment.
Mrs.MistressMrs. Hall is waiting for her car.
Ms.MissMs. Jane Watson is here to see you.
Prof.ProfessorProf. Jain is a popular faculty in college.
Rev.Reverend (clergyman)Rev. Jones blessed the house today.
Sr. / Jr.Senior / JuniorBates Sr. and Harry Bates Jr. were inspecting the grounds.
St.SaintSt. Patrick is one of the most popular Irish saints.

General Abbreviations

Assn.AssociationThey named their club; Assn. of Low and Highs.
Ave.AvenueThey said they would be waiting at Lexington Ave.
Dept.DepartmentThe Arts Dept. is holding a bake sale.
Est.EstablishedAnnabel’s est. 1963 in London, England.
Fig.FigureLook to fig. 8 to see how the process takes place.
Hrs.HoursWe will reach the next camp at 1500hrs.
Inc.IncorporatedApple Inc. was founded in the 1970s by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Mt.MountMt. Everest is the tallest mountain on earth.
No.NumberThe address is House no. 64, Mulberry Lane.
Oz.OuncesThe recipe needs 34 oz. of honey.
Sq.SquareThe rent is 100 dollar per sq. inch.
St.StreetThe shop is located at Xyza St. near the intersection.
VsVersusThe final match is going to be Australia vs. India.

Abbreviations of Grammar

Abbr.Abbreviation / Abbreviated
V. / Vb.Verb

Acronym List

General Acronyms

AcronymFull FormWhat It Is
ATMAutomated Teller MachineA computerised cash dispenser
BPOBusiness Process OutsourcingThe outsourcing of specific functions of a business to a third party.
CATCommon Admission TestAn ability based admission test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management.
DNADeoxyribonucleic AcidThe molecule in any living being that contains all the genetic data of the living being.
DVDDigital Versatile DiskA compact optical storage disk, used for storing videos and other information.
FAQFrequently Asked QuestionsA common section in most sites containing common queries from the visitors.
HRHuman ResourcesThe workforce of any organisation can also refer to the department that is in charge of human resources.
LCDLiquid Crystal DisplayA type of video display panel
LEDLight Emitting DiodeA glowing light source used in indicators.
PCPersonal ComputerA computer whose size, price and capabilities are useful for individual use.
RAMRandom Access MemoryA way/disk to store data on a computer
SONARSound Navigation And RangingA technique that uses echoes to navigate or communicate usually used in submarines.
USPUnique Selling PropositionA term used to show how one product or service is different and unique from another.
VIPVery Important PersonA person who gets special privileges due to their status or importance.
WWWWorld Wide WebInterlinked web documents accessed by the internet

Acronyms of Name

AcronymFull FormWhat It Is
AIDSAcquired Immuno Deficiency SyndromeA disease of the immune system caused by the HIV.
ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian NationsA political and economic organisation based on geographical location.
CERNConseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire – European Organization for Nuclear ResearchAn international organisation that operates the largest particle physics laboratory
FIFAFederation Internationale de Football AssociationOrganisation in charge of international association football.
InterPolInternational Criminal Police Organization.An international organisation helping police cooperation across countries.
NASANational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationAn American government agency handling space research.
NASCARNational Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.A family owned business sanctioning auto-racing events.
SARSSevere Acute Respiratory SyndromeA respiratory disease in humans which is fatal.
UNUnited NationsAn international organisation for inter-country cooperation.
UNICEFUnited Nations Children’s Education FundA UN program that provides humanitarian help to children.
YMCAYoung Men’s Christian AssociationA worldwide association that helps to put Christian principles into action.
HIVHuman Immunodeficiency VirusThe virus that causes AIDS.

Acronyms of Education

AcronymFull Form
B.ABachelor of Arts
B.ScBachelor of Science
M.AMaster of Arts
M.B.AMaster of Business Administration
MBBSMedicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MDMedicinae Doctor – Doctor of Medicine
PhDPhilosophiae Doctor – Doctorate of Philosophy

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Important Abbreviation & Acronym List in English

Important Abbreviation & Acronym List in English You Should Learn

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I learnt many lesson from you, vocabulary, names of things and places, common names etc…. I always thank you for availability for us, God bless you.

Ted Emmer
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I strongly disagree with the meaning of the acronym, ‘NASA’.
Officially it stands for;
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
But reality suggests a very different meaning indeed,
and it works much better for me that way, because it says
exactly what its function is, unmistakably;
(N)ever (A) (S)traight (A)nswer.


Ted what are you saying then?