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long s

or long ess

[ es ]
/ ɛs /
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noun
a style of the letter s, suggesting a lowercase f in form, formerly common in handwriting and as a type character.
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British Dictionary definitions for long s (1 of 2)

longs
/ (lɒŋz) /

pl n
full-length trousers
long-dated gilt-edged securities
finance unsold securities or commodities held in anticipation of rising prices

British Dictionary definitions for long s (2 of 2)

long s

noun
a lower-case s, printed ʃ, formerly used in handwriting and printingAlso called: long ess
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