The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
Definition for b.b. (2 of 4)
Bureau of the Budget.
Definition for b.b. (3 of 4)
Definition for b.b. (4 of 4)
[ king ]
/ kɪŋ /
Billie Jean (Mof·fitt) [mof-it] /ˈmɒf ɪt/, born 1943, U.S. tennis player.
Clarence,1842–1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer.
Co·ret·ta Scott [kaw-ret-uh] /kɔˈrɛt ə/, 1927–2006, U.S. civil rights leader (widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Ernest Joseph,1878–1956, U.S. naval officer.
Martin Luther, Jr.,1929–68, U.S. Baptist minister: civil-rights leader; Nobel Peace Prize 1964.
MaxineMicki, born 1944, U.S. springboard diver.
Richard,1825–85, U.S. rancher and steamboat operator.
Riley B.B.B., 1925–2015, U.S. blues singer and guitarist.
Rufus,1755–1827, U.S. political leader and statesman.
Stephen,born 1947, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
William Lyon Mackenzie,1874–1950, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1921–26, 1926–30, 1935–48.
William Rufus De·Vane [duh-veyn] /dəˈveɪn/, 1786–1853, vice president of the U.S. 1853.
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British Dictionary definitions for b.b. (1 of 2)
/ (kɪŋ) /
a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarchRelated adjectives: royal, regal, monarchical
- a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
- (in combination)the pirate king
- a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
- (as modifier)a king bull
any of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a king
the most important chess piece, although theoretically the weakest, being able to move only one square at a time in any directionSee also check (def. 30), checkmate
draughts a piece that has moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, after which it may move backwards as well as forwards
king of kings
- a title of any of various oriental monarchs
to make (someone) a king
king it to act in a superior fashion
Derived Formskinghood, nounkingless, adjectivekinglike, adjective
Word Origin for king
Old English cyning; related to Old High German kunig king, Danish konge
British Dictionary definitions for b.b. (2 of 2)
/ (kɪŋ) /
B.B., real name Riley B. King. born 1925, US blues singer and guitarist
Billie Jean (née Moffitt). born 1943, US tennis player: winner of twelve Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon (1966–68, 1972–73, and 1975) and the US Open (1967, 1971–72, and 1974)
Martin Luther. 1929–68, US Baptist minister and civil-rights leader. He advocated nonviolence in his campaigns against the segregation of Black people in the South: assassinated: Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Stephen (Edwin). born 1947, US writer esp of horror novels; his books, many of which have been filmed, include Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1988), and Everything's Eventual (2002)
William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874–1950, Canadian Liberal statesman; prime minister (1921–26; 1926–30; 1935–48)
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Idioms and Phrases with b.b.
In addition to the idiom beginning with king
, also see
- live like a king
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