See also: abc, Abc, and A.B.C.

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EnglishEdit

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InitialismEdit

ABC

  1. (business management) activity-based costing.
  2. African Basketball Confederation.
  3. (emergency medicine) Airway, breathing, and circulation.
  4. Alcoholic beverage control.
  5. (aviation) Advance Booking Charter
  6. already been chewed, as in chewing gum.
  7. American Book Center.
  8. American-born Chinese.
  9. American Broadcasting Company: U.S. television and radio network.
  10. (medicine) Antigen binding capacity.
  11. (medicine) activated B-cell-like
  12. anything but Chardonnay: a backlash against Chardonnay wine, seen as ubiquitous.
  13. (Japan) Asahi Broadcasting Corporation.
  14. Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast Railroad.
  15. atomic, biological, and chemical.
  16. Aural brevity code.
  17. Australian-born Chinese.
  18. (obsolete) Australian Broadcasting Commission. [1932].
  19. (obsolete) Australian Broadcasting Company. [1929]
  20. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. [From July 1983]
  21. (geography) Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo and São Caetano do Sul, satellite cities around the city of São Paulo that form the most important industrial area in Brazil.

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EtymologyEdit

The first three letters of the Latin alphabet, standing for the whole alphabet

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ABC ‎(plural ABCs or ABC's)

  1. (US, usually plural only, uncountable) The alphabet. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350).][1]
    Do you know your ABC? (U.S.: Do you know your ABCs?)
  2. (obsolete, poetry) A type of poem in which the lines start with the letters of the alphabet in order. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.][1]
  3. (obsolete) A primer for teaching the Latin alphabet and first elements of reading. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.][1]
  4. The fundamentals of any subject. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][1]
    the ABC of finance
  5. (poker) A straightforward, uniform playing style, often focusing on betting for value, folding weak hands, and avoiding bluffing.
  6. (Britain, rail transport) A British alphabetized guidebook for trains and their stations.
  7. (US) American-born Chinese

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Naming an alphabet after the initial letters is common; compare:

AnagramsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3

CatalanEdit

Proper nounEdit

ABC f

  1. Associació Bíblica de Catalunya, a Catalonian bible club

DanishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /abeseː/, [æb̥eˈseːˀ]

NounEdit

ABC c (singular definite ABC'en, plural indefinite ABC'er)

  1. ABC (a primer for teaching the Latin alphabet and first elements of reading; the rudiments of any subject)

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GermanEdit

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NounEdit

ABC n ‎(genitive ABC)

  1. ABC, alphabet
    • 1868, Friedrich Schmitt, Neues System zur Erlernung der deutschen Aussprache nebst neuer Eintheilung des ABC, München, book title:
      Neues System zur Erlernung der deutschen Aussprache nebst neuer Eintheilung des ABC

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PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

ABC m (plural ABCs)

  1. Alternative form of á-bê-cê