alphabet soup

noun
a soup containing small noodles in the shapes of letters of the alphabet.

Origin:
1905–10

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Main Entry:  alphabet soup1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a broth soup with pasta shaped like alphabet letters
Usage:  cooking
Main Entry:  alphabet soup2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  confusing or incomprehensible speech or language, as in abbreviations
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alphabet soup definition


  1. n.
    initialisms and acronyms in general. : Just look at the telephone book! You can't find anything because it's filled with alphabet soup.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The costs of alphabet soup degrees have in large measure been excluded from bankruptcy protections.
The ever-inventive financial sector has taken the ingredients and cooked up a bewildering alphabet soup.
Health care lingo can be an alphabet soup of terminology.
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