noun, plural J's or Js, j's or js.
Examples from the Web for j
J Crew did not give back the money it incidentally made off of Mrs. Obama.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She said Wright, whom the girl refers to as the shorthand “J,” also sensed that the heat was on.
For a few hours every day she would read big books at the library, watch reruns of the show, and dig through questions in the J!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The J in its name actually stands for Jian—annihilate, eliminate.
Rudy was not offered parenting classes or help moving to an apartment where J could join him.
There are twenty-four j's in it, and seventeen g's, so you may imagine that it is difficult.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap|Laura E. Richards
I waited for J—ski at the great gate, for he would come straight that way from the guard-house after his punishment.The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia|Fyodor Dostoyevsky
J was a jackdaw Who hopped up and down In the principal street Of a neighboring town.Nonsense Books|Edward Lear
We had a wretched breakfast, and J——- and I then went to the railway station to see about our luggage.Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 1|Nathaniel Hawthorne
This has alligator jaws (J), and will hold all ordinary size taper shank bits, also small and medium round shank bits or drills.Carpentry for Boys|J. S. Zerbe
noun plural j's, J's or Js
the letter is a late modification of Roman -i-, originally a scribal creation in continental Medieval Latin to distinguish small -i- in cursive writing from the strokes of other letters, especially in the final positions of words. But in English, -y- was used for this, and -j- was introduced c.1600-1640 to take up the consonantal sound that had evolved from -i- since Late Latin times. This usage first was attested in Spanish, where it was in place before 1600. English dictionaries continued to lump together words beginning in -i- and -j- until 19c., and -j- formerly was skipped when letters were used to express serial order.
Used in modern writing to represent Latin -i- before a, e, o, u in the same syllable, which in Latin was sounded as the consonant in Modern English you, yam, etc., but the custom is controversial among Latinists:
The character J, j, which represents the letter sound in some school-books, is an invention of the seventeenth century, and is not found in MSS., nor in the best texts of the Latin authors. [Lewis]