ABC

[ey-bee-see]

noun, plural ABC's, ABCs.


ABC

Trademark. American Broadcasting Companies: a television and radio network.
atomic, biological, and chemical: ABC warfare.

A.B.C.

Advance Booking Charter.
Alcoholic Beverage Control.

ABC's

or ABCs

[ey-bee-seez]

noun (used with a plural verb)

Also ABC. the alphabet.
the basic skills of spelling, reading, and writing: learning the ABC's in the early grades of school.
Also ABC. the basic or elementary facts, principles, etc., of a subject: the ABC's of electricity.
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British Dictionary definitions for abc

ABC

1

noun

(plural in US) the rudiments of a subject
an alphabetical guide to a subject
(often plural in US) the alphabet

ABC

2

abbreviation for

(formerly, of weapons or warfare) atomic, biological, and chemical
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
American Broadcasting Company
Audit Bureau of Circulation
Australian Australian-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in Australia
US American-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in the US
British acceptable behaviour contract: a voluntary written agreement between someone who has been involved in anti-social behaviour and a local agency such as a housing association, council, or police
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Word Origin and History for abc

ABC

"the alphabet," late 13c., abece. Sense "rudiments or fundamentals (of a subject)" is from late 14c. From 1944 (in a "Billboard" headline) as a shortening of American Broadcasting Company. Related: ABCs.

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