Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. 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.
2. See word square.
3. A word puzzle in which the answers to several different clues form an anagram of a quotation, phrase, or other text.
[French acrostiche, from Old French, from Greek akrostikhis : akron, head, end; see acromegaly + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. a number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters
b. the word, proverb, etc, so formed
c. (as modifier): an acrostic sonnet.
[C16: via French from Greek akrostikhis, from acro- + stikhos line of verse, stich]
a•cros•tic(əˈkrɔ stɪk, əˈkrɒs tɪk)
1. a series of written lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters form a word, phrase, etc.adj.
2. Also, a•cros′ti•cal. of, like, or forming an acrostic.
acrostic- From Greek akron, "end," and stikhos, "row, line of verse."
See also related terms for row.
A verse in which the initial letters of each line form a word or phrase reading downwards.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||acrostic - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across|
|2.||acrostic - verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message|