- chain; chains.
Examples from the Web for ch
Ellen, if you can't behave in ch--in the theatre, you ought not to come.
Mek your ch'ice betwixt 'em while they'm there to be chose from.Bulldog And Butterfly
David Christie Murray
As long ago as 1705, they had pulled down the building of Peckwater quadrangle, in Ch.Oxford
When Tzu-hua was sent to Ch'i, the disciple Jan asked for grain for his mother.
Confucius said, After all, Ch'iu, art thou not in the wrong?
- custom house
- Companion of Honour (a Brit title)
- Switzerland (international car registration)
- chain (unit of measure)
- chess check
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.