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Definition for ch (2 of 4)
Definition for ch (3 of 4)
Definition for ch (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for ch
The third is therefore much the largest part of the whole book, comprising all from the 4th to the 22d ch.Notes On The Apocalypse|David Steele
But it may be well replied that, inasmuch as Matthew's arrangement in ch.A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ|Archibald Thomas Robertson
The fox agreed to this, but when Ch awoke in the morning his bedfellow had already disappeared.
The guttural and palatine sounds of the ch, and some other German peculiarities, cannot be acquired without constant practice.The Collected Writing of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II|Thomas De Quincey
A similar instance of a military jeopardy occurs in the same author, ch.Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)|Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for ch (1 of 3)
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Word Origin for CH
British Dictionary definitions for ch (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for ch
digraph used in Old French for the "tsh" sound. In some French dialects, including that of Paris (but not that of Picardy), Latin ca- became French "tsha." This was introduced to English after the Norman Conquest, in words borrowed from Old French such as chaste, charity, chief (adj.). Under French influence, -ch- also was inserted into Anglo-Saxon words that had the same sound (e.g. bleach, chest, church) which in Old English still was written with a simple -c-, and into those that had formerly been spelled with a -c- and pronounced "k" such as chin and much.
It turns up as well in words from classical languages (chaos, echo, etc.). Most uses of -ch- in Roman Latin were in words from Greek, which would be pronounced correctly as "k" + "h," as in blockhead, but most Romans would have said merely "k." Sometimes ch- is written to keep -c- hard before a front vowel, as still in modern Italian.
In some languages (Welsh, Spanish, Czech) ch- can be treated as a separate letter and words in it are alphabetized after -c- (or, in Czech and Slovak, after -h-). The sound also is heard in more distant languages (e.g. cheetah, chintz), and the digraph also is used to represent the sound in Scottish loch.