1. buyer's risk.

Origin of c.e.

From the Latin word cāveat emptor may the buyer beware


  1. compass error.


  1. Chemical Engineer.
  2. chief engineer.
  3. Church of England.
  4. Civil Engineer.
  5. (in the) Common Era.
  6. Corps of Engineers.


  1. a multiplicative suffix occurring in once, twice, thrice.

Origin of -ce

Middle English, Old English -es adv. suffix, orig. genitive singular ending; see -s1
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Related Words for ce

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Examples from the Web for ce

Contemporary Examples of ce

Historical Examples of ce

  • I am not to be pitied but this poor France, ce pauvre France.


    David Christie Murray

  • And the answer was always, "Non, m'sieur, ce n'est pas moi!"

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • He was in luck, ce beau garcon, for he was getting an angel for his wife.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • If I've insulted you I'll ce'tainly apologize, but you'll have to show me I have.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • "I've ce'tainly struck the good Samaritan," the Texan smiled.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for ce


the chemical symbol for
  1. cerium


abbreviation for
  1. chief engineer
  2. Church of England
  3. civil engineer
  4. Common Entrance
  5. Common Era
  6. Communauté Européenne (European Union)
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Word Origin and History for ce


as an abbreviation for "Common Era" or "Christian Era," and a non-Christian alternative to A.D., attested from 1838 in works on Jewish history. Companion B.C.E. is attested from 1881.

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ce in Medicine


  1. The symbol for the elementcerium
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ce in Science


  1. The symbol for cerium.


  1. Abbreviation for Common Era.


  1. A shiny, gray metallic element of the lanthanide series. It is ductile and malleable and is used in electronic components, alloys, and lighter flints. It is also used in glass polishing, as a catalyst in self-cleaning ovens, and in various nuclear applications. Atomic number 58; atomic weight 140.12; melting point 795°C; boiling point 3,468°C; specific gravity 6.67 to 8.23; valence 3, 4. See Periodic Table.
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