Bookbinding. calf.
Music. cantus firmus.
Baseball. center fielder.

Nearby words

  1. ceylon moss,
  2. ceylonese,
  3. ceyx,
  4. cezve,
  5. cf,
  6. cfa,
  7. cfa franc,
  8. cfb,
  9. cfc,
  10. cfd

Origin of cf.

From the Latin word confer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cf.


abbreviation for


Word Origin for cf.

Latin: confer

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Word Origin and History for cf.


abbreviation of Latin confer "compare" (see confer).

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Culture definitions for cf.


An abbreviation meaning “compare.” It is short for the Latin word confer and instructs the reader to compare one thing with another.

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