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Common Abbreviations

Abbreviations are so widely used in printed material that it is beneficial to be able to write and read the most common ones. The use of an abbreviation aids in saving time, space and energy. Please note abbreviations may vary, specifically with use of periods and capitalization, e.g., mpg, MPG, m.p.g. & Mpg.

List of Common Abbreviations

Our list of common abbreviations contains over 350 items. To assist with your search, we also provided the following categories: Time, Days of the week, Degrees, Education, Measurement, Military titles, Months of the year, Other, Parts of speech, States, territories & countries, Streets & roads, Time and Titles.

Abbreviation
Meaning
Category
A.D.in the year of our Lord (Anno Domini)time
a.m., A.Mbefore noon; morning (ante meridiem)time
AAHPERDAmerican Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Danceeducation
AASAAmerican Association of School Administratorseducation
abbr.abbreviationother
acct.accountantother
ad libimprovise (ad libitum)other
AD/HDAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disordereducation
adjadjectiveparts of speech
advadverbparts of speech
AFTAmerican Federation of Teacherseducation
AKAlaskastates, territories & countries
AKAalso know asother
AL, Ala.Alabamastates, territories & countries
alt.alternate, altitudeother
Am., Amer.America, Americanstates, territories & countries
amt.amountmeasurement
anonanonymousother
ansanswerother
APAdvanced Placementeducation
Apr.Aprilmonths of the year
AR, Ark.Arkansasstates, territories & countries
arith.arithmeticother
art.articleparts of speech
ASCDAssociation for Supervision & Curriculum Developmenteducation
assn., assoc.associationother
asst.assistantother
atty.attorneyother
Aug.augustmonths of the year
Ave.avenuestreet & roads
AZ, Ariz.Arizonastates, territories & countries
AzerbAzerbaijanstates, territories & countries
B.A.Bachelor of Artsdegrees
B.C.before Christtime
B.S.Bachelor of Sciencedegrees
bet.betweenother
bib.bibliographyother
biog.biographyother
bldg.buildingother
Blvd.boulevardstreet & roads
Br., Brit.Britishother
brobrotherother
brosbrothersother
bu.bushelmeasurement
CCelsius, centigrademeasurement
c.carat, cent, centimeter, century, chapter & cupmeasurement / other
C.E.Common Eratime
CA, cal., Calif.Californiastates, territories & countries
Can., Canad.Canada, Canadianstates, territories & countries
cap.capital, capitalizeother
Capt.captainmilitary titles
cccubic centimetermeasurement
CECCouncil for Exceptional Childreneducation
CEEBCollege Entrance Exam Boardeducation
cert.certificateother
ch.churchother
chap., ch.chapterother
cmcentimetermeasurement
CO, Col.Coloradostates, territories & countries
Co.company, countyother
CODcash on delivery, collect on deliveryother
col.columnother
Col.Colonelmilitary titles
conjconjunctionparts of speech
Corp.corporationother
CT, Conn.Connecticutstates, territories & countries
ct.cent, courtother
cu.cubicmeasurement
CZCanal Zonestates, territories & countries
D.D.Doctor of Divinitydegrees
D.D.S.Doctor of Dental Surgerydegrees
DCDistrict of Columbiastates, territories & countries
DE, Del.Delawarestates, territories & countries
Dec.Decembermonths of the year
dept.departmentother
diam.diametermeasurement
div.divisionother
D.M.D.Doctor of Dental Medicinedegrees
doz.dozenmeasurement
Dr.doctortitles
Dr.drivestreets & roads
DSTdaylight saving timetime
Eeast, eastern & excellentother
e.g.for example (exempli gratia)other
ea.eachother
ed.editionother
Ed.DDoctor of Educationdegrees
EHEmotionally Handicapeducation
elec.electricother
ELLEnglish Language Learnereducation
Eng.Englishother
ERICEducational Resources Information Centereducation
ESLEnglish as a Second Languageeducation
esp.especiallyother
Esq.Esquiretitles
et aland others (et alia)other
etc.et cetera (and others)other
ETSEducational Testing Serviceeducation
ex.exampleother
FFahrenheitmeasurement
f.femaleother
FBIFederal Bureau of Investigationother
Feb.Februarymonths of the year
fem.feminineother
fig.figureother
FL, Fla.Floridastates, territories & countries
freq.frequencyother
Fri., Fr.Fridaydays of the week
ft.feet, foot & fortmeasurement
Ggoodother
g.grammeasurement
GA, Ga.Georgiastates, territories & countries
gal.gallonmeasurement
GBgigabytemeasurement
GEDGeneral Educational Development Test (high school equivalency test)education
Gen.Generalmilitary titles
geog.geographic, geographical & geographyother
gmgrammeasurement
gov.governortitles
govt.governmentother
gt.greatother
GUGuamstates, territories & countries
H.M.S.His (Her) Majesty's Shipother
H.R.HHer (His) Royal Highnesstitles
H.S.high schoolother
Herz.Herzegovinastates, territories & countries
HIHawaiistates, territories & countries
Hon.Honorabletitles
hosp.hospitalother
hr.hourtime
ht.heightmeasurement
Hwy.Highwaystreets & roads
i.e.that is (that is)other
IA, Ia.Iowastates, territories & countries
ibidin the same place (ibidem)other
IDIdahostates, territories & countries
IDidentificationother
IEPIndividualized Education Planeducation
IL, Ill.Illinoisstates, territories & countries
illus.illustrationother
IN, Ind.Indianastates, territories & countries
in.inchmeasurement
Inc.incorporatedother
incl.includingother
Ind.Indianother
interjinterjectionparts of speech
intrans.intransitiveother
introintroductionother
IRAInternational Reading Associationseducation
Jan.Januarymonths of the year
jour.journalother
Jr., jun.juniortitles
Jul.Julymonths of the year
KKelvinmeasurement
KBkilobytemeasurement
kgkilogrammeasurement
kmkilometermeasurement
KS, Kan., Kans.Kansasstates, territories & countries
KY, Ky.Kentuckystates, territories & countries
Lliter, large & leftmeasurement / other
LA, La.Louisianastates, territories & countries
lat.latitudeother
lbpoundmeasurement
LDLearning Disablededucation
LDALearning Disabilities Associationeducation
LEPLimited English Proficiencyeducation
Ln.Lanestreets & roads
long.longitudeother
LRELeast Restrictive Environmenteducation
Lt.lieutenantmilitary titles
ltd.limitedother
m.meter, mile & malemeasurement / other
M.A.Masters of Artsdegrees
M.D.Doctor of Medicinedegrees
MA, Mass.Massachusettsstates, territories & countries
mag.magazineother
Maj.majormilitary titles
Mar.marchmonths of the year
masc.masculineother
mathmathematicsother
MBmegabytemeasurement
MD, Md.Marylandstates, territories & countries
mdse.merchandiseother
ME, Me.Mainestates, territories & countries
med.mediumother
MENCNational Association for Music Educationeducation
Mex.Mexican & Mexicostates, territories & countries
mgmilligrammeasurement
mgr.managerother
MHMentally Handicappededucation
MI, Mich.Michiganstates, territories & countries
min.minutetime
misc.miscellaneousother
mlmillilitermeasurement
mmmillimetermeasurement
MN, Minn.Minnesotastates, territories & countries
MO, Mo.Missouristates, territories & countries
mo.monthtime
Mon.Mondaydays of the week
mpgmiles per gallonmeasurement
mphmiles per hourmeasurement
Mr.Mistertitles
Mrs.Miss (married)titles
MS, Miss.Mississippistates, territories & countries
Ms.Misstitles
MT, Mont. Montanastates, territories & countries
mt.mountain & mountother
nnounparts of speech
Nnorth & northernother
NAEANational Art Education Associationeducation
NAEPNational Assessment of Educational Progresseducation
NAESPNational Association of Elementary School Principleseducation
NAEYCNational Association for the Education of Young Peopleeducation
NASSPNational Association of Secondary School Principalseducation
NCNorth Carolinastates, territories & countries
NCATENational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educationeducation
NCEANational Catholic Educational Associationeducation
NCESNational Center for Educational Statisticseducation
NCPTNational Congress of Parents and Teacherseducation
NCSSNational Council for Social Studieseducation
NCTENational Council of Teachers of Englisheducation
NCTMNational Council of Teachers of Mathematicseducation
ND, N. Dak.North Dakotastates, territories & countries
NEnortheastother
NE, Neb., Nebr.Nebraskastates, territories & countries
NEANational Education Associationeducation
neg.negativeother
neut.neuterother
NHNew Hampshirestates, territories & countries
NJNew Jerseystates, territories & countries
NM, N. Mex.New Mexicostates, territories & countries
no.north & numberother
Nov.Novembermonths of the year
NSFNational Science Foundationeducation
NSTANational Science Teachers Associationeducation
NV, Nev.Nevadastates, territories & countries
NYNew Yorkstates, territories & countries
NZNew Zealandstates, territories & countries
obj.object & objectiveother
Oct.Octobermonths of the year
off.officeother
OHOhiostates, territories & countries
OK, Okla.Oklahomastates, territories & countries
opp.oppositeother
OR, Ore., Oreg.Oregonstates, territories & countries
oz.ouncemeasurement
p.pageother
P.O.post officeother
PA, Pa., Penn. & Penna.Pennsylvaniastates, territories & countries
part.participleother
pat.patientother
pd.paidother
pg.pageother
Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophydegrees
pk.peck & parkmeasurement / other
pkg.packageother
Pkwy.Parkwaystreets & roads
pl.pluralother
PM, p.m.afternoon/evening (post meridiem)time
pn, pronpronounparts of speech
pop.populationother
poss.possessiveother
pppagesother
PRPuerto Ricostates, territories & countries
pr.pairother
prepprepositionparts of speech
Pres.Presidenttitles
prin.principalother
prof.professortitles
PSpublic school & post scriptother
pt.pintmeasurement
pt.pointother
PTAParent-Teacher Associationeducation
PTOpaid time offother
PTOParent-Teacher Organizationeducation
qt.quartmeasurement
r.rightother
R.N.Registered Nursedegrees
R.S.V.Pplease replyother
rd.rodother
Rd.Roadstreets & roads
rec'd., recdreceivedother
ref.referee & referenceother
reg.region & regularother
res.residenceother
Rev.Reverendtitles
RFDrural free deliveryother
RIRhode islandstates, territories & countries
rpmrevolutions per minutemeasurement
RRrailroadother
rt.rightother
rte.routeother
Russ FedRussian Federationother
Ssouth, southern, small & satisfactoryother
SATScholastic Aptitude Testeducation
Sat.Saturdaydays of the week
SCSouth Carolinastates, territories & countries
sci.scienceother
SD, S. Dak.South Dakotastates, territories & countries
SEsoutheastother
sec.secondtime
Sept.Septembermonths of the year
Sgt.Sergeantmilitary titles
SIInternational System of Unitsother
sing.singularother
so.southother
sqsquareother
Sr.Sister & Seniortitles
SSsteamshipother
st.statestates, territories & countries
St.streetstreet & roads
St.saintother
subj.subjectother
Sun.Sundaydays of the week
Supt.Superintendenttitles
SWsouthwestother
TTRUEother
tbsp., tbs.tablespoonmeasurement
TDtouchdownother
tel.telephoneother
Thurs., Thu., & Thur.Thursdaydays of the week
TN, Tenn.Tennesseestates, territories & countries
trans.transitiveother
tsp.teaspoonmeasurement
Tue., Tues.Tuesdaydays of the week
TX, Tex.Texasstates, territories & countries
UNUnited Nationstates, territories & countries
univ.universityother
USUnited Statesstates, territories & countries
USAUnited States of Americastates, territories & countries
USSRUnion of Soviet Republicsstates, territories & countries
usu.usually & usualother
UTUtahstates, territories & countries
v, vb.verbparts of speech
v.i.verb intransitiveparts of speech
v.t.verb transitiveparts of speech
Va., VAVirginiastates, territories & countries
var.variantother
vetveterinarian & veteranother
VGvery goodother
VIVirgin Islandsstates, territories & countries
vocab.vocabularyother
vol.volume & volunteermeasurement / other
VPvice presidenttitles
vs.versusother
VT, Vt.Vermontstates, territories & countries
Wwest & westernother
WA, Wash. Washingtonstates, territories & countries
Wed.Wednesdaydays of the week
WI, Wis., Wisc.Wisconsinstates, territories & countries
wk.weektime
wt.weightmeasurement
WV, W. VA.West Virginiastates, territories & countries
wwwworld wide webother
WY, Wyo.Wyomingstates, territories & countries
yd.yardmeasurement
yr.yeartime

Sources:

Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary. New York, NY: Dk Publishing.

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