Main meanings of c in English

: c1C2C3


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  • 1Cricket
    (on scorecards) caught by.

    • ‘ME Waugh c Lara b Walsh 19’
  • 2Cent(s)

    • ‘they cost 25c each’
  • 3in combination (in units of measurement) centi-

    • ‘centistokes (cS)’
  • 4

    (also c.)
    Century or centuries.

    • ‘a watch case, 19th c’
  • 5

    (also c.)
    (preceding a date or amount) circa; approximately.

    • ‘Isabella was born c.1759’
  • 6(of water) cold.

    • ‘all bedrooms have h & c’
  • 7Colt.

  • The speed of light in a vacuum.

    • ‘E = mc²’

Main meanings of C in English

: c1C2C3


Pronunciation /siː/

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nounplural noun Cs, plural noun C's

(also c)
  • 1The third letter of the alphabet.

    1. 1.1Denoting the third in a set of items, categories, sizes, etc.
    2. 1.2Denoting the third of three or more hypothetical people or things.
    3. 1.3The third-highest class of academic mark.
      • ‘he scraped along with C's and D's in most subjects’
    4. 1.4Denoting an intermediate socio-economic category for marketing purposes, including the majority of white-collar (C1) and skilled blue-collar personnel (C2).
    5. 1.5Chess Denoting the third file from the left of a chessboard, as viewed from White's side of the board.
    6. 1.6The third fixed constant to appear in an algebraic expression, or a known constant.
    7. 1.7Denoting the lowest soil horizon, comprising parent materials.
  • 2A shape like that of a letter C.

    • ‘C-springs’
  • 3

    (also C)
    The first note of the diatonic scale of C major, the major scale having no sharps or flats.

    1. 3.1A key based on a scale with C as its keynote.
  • 4The Roman numeral for 100.


    Abbreviation of Latin centum ‘hundred’.

  • 5

    (also C)
    mass noun A computer programming language originally developed for implementing the Unix operating system.


    Formerly known as B, abbreviation of BCPL.

Main meanings of C in English

: c1C2C3


Pronunciation /siː/

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  • 1

    (also C.)

    • ‘C. Hatteras’
  • 2Celsius or centigrade.

    • ‘29°C’
  • 3(in names of sports clubs) City.

    • ‘Lincoln C’
  • 4C.British Command Paper (second series, 1870–99).

  • 5(in Britain) Conservative.

    • ‘Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (C, Perth & Kinross)’
  • 6

    (also ©)

    • ‘© Oxford University Press’
  • 7Physics

  • 8Cuba (international vehicle registration).

  • 1Physics

  • 2The chemical element carbon.


    the Big C
    • Cancer.

      • ‘I decided I was going to beat this monster, the Big C’
      • ‘I'm very conscious that the Big C runs in my family, so have been interested in hearing from people who didn't take conventional cancer treatments, but instead, changed their lifestyle and nutrition.’
      • ‘I suppose the warning signs were out when Steve was diagnosed with the Big C, but he's beat a number of other physical close calls with the Grim Reaper.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder that what has been labelled at The Big C - some cannot even say the name - has become the topic of conversation to be generally avoided?’
      • ‘I should learn to shut up when someone brings up the Big C subject, instead of trying to change the world.’
      • ‘So, with apologies to all, the need is to find an appropriately gruesome substitute for the Big C, one that gives offence to none.’
      • ‘But as you read his first person account of his battle with the Big C, you begin to understand.’
      • ‘It was not called by name, but was whispered as ‘the Big C,’ something that could attack any grown-up's body without warning.’
      • ‘However, my best friend has the big C, yes, cancer.’