What is an abbreviated noun?

An abbreviated noun is a noun made shorter by leaving out some letters which is indicated by a period at the end of the abbreviation. Examples:
  • Dr. = doctor
  • Dr. = drive
  • E. = east
  • Mr. = mister
  • Mrs. = mistress
  • N. = north
  • n. = noun
  • Rd. = road
  • St. = street
  • v. = verb


Acronyms and codes are sometimes confused with abbreviations.

Acronyms are the first letter of each word used to form a 'word'; examples:
  • CEO = Chief Executive Officer
  • FBI = Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • MGM = Metro Goldwyn Mayer
  • RC = Royal Crown Cola

Codes are a random use of letters used to identify something; examples:
  • CA = California
  • NV = Nevada
  • ONT = Ontario
  • VIC = Victoria