in reference to belly-dance performance and social gathering, by 1998, from Arabic hafla "party, social or family gathering."
acronym from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which was created in 1945.
"absence of accepted social values," 1915, in reference to Durkheim, who gave the word its modern meaning in social theory in French; a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.
1962, American English, from common pronunciation of SNCC, initialism (acronym) for "Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee," black civil rights organization.
1973, acronym for quasi-non-governmental organization (a descriptive phrase attested from 1967). Related: Quangocracy; quangocrat.
"international organization of the Communist Party," founded 1919, from contraction of Communist International and modeled on Russian Komintern.