• synonyms


  1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering.
  2. Bachelor of Christian Education.
  3. Bachelor of Civil Engineering.
  4. before (the) Common Era.
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Word Origin and History for b.c.e.


initialism for "Before Common Era" or "Before Christian Era," 1881; see C.E. A secular alternative to B.C.

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b.c.e. in Culture


An abbreviation sometimes used in place of b.c. It means “before the Common Era.”

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