Music. basso continuo.
blind copy: used as a notation on the carbon copy of a letter or other document sent to a third person without the addressee's knowledge.Also bcc

Nearby words

  1. bbl.,
  2. bbm,
  3. bbq,
  4. bbs,
  5. bbsrc,
  6. bc soil,
  7. bca,
  8. bcar,
  9. bcc,
  10. bcd


Scuba Diving. buoyancy compensator.
British Columbia, Canada (approved for postal use).


or B and C

Insurance. building and contents.


or B.C.

before Christ (used in indicating dates).

Usage note

The abbreviation b.c. “before Christ” is always placed after a date or century: Cleopatra lived from 69 to 30 b.c. The war took place in the first century b.c. See also a.d.1


bills for collection.


Bachelor of Chemistry.
Bachelor of Commerce.
bass clarinet.
battery commander.
British Columbia.
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British Dictionary definitions for bc


abbreviation for

Also: B.C. (indicating years numbered back from the supposed year of the birth of Christ) before Christin 54 bc Caesar came Compare AD
British Columbia
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Word Origin and History for bc


abbreviation of Before Christ, in chronology, attested by 1823. The phrase itself, Before Christ, in dating, with exact years, is in use by 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for bc


An abbreviation used with dates of events that took place before the birth of Jesus. b.c. stands for before Christ. (Compare a.d.; see b.c.e.)

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