acrostic

Part of speech: noun

Pros. A rime in which the initial letters of each line form a word or phrase.

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Usage examples "acrostic":

  1. To Southey he writes about this time, I have gone lately into the acrostic line. - "Charles Lamb", Barry Cornwall.
  2. As both Allison and Kitty had real talent for drawing, the girls who saw the pages they decorated were moved to envy; and when Betty added an acrostic on the name Magnolia, nobody had a word of ridicule for the little Album of the Heart, that was serving two generations as a storehouse of sentiment. - "The Little Colonel at Boarding-School", Annie Fellows Johnston.
  3. The crew are guessing at an acrostic, and occasionally they get a glimmering of it. - "Literary Lapses", Stephen Leacock.