Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC1

noun

  • 1The alphabet.

    ‘millions of children every year learn how to say their ABC’
    ABC, letters
    1. 1.1An alphabetical guide.
      ‘an ABC of British locomotives’
  • 2

    (North American ABCs)
    The rudiments of a subject.

    ‘the business had been learning the ABC of its trade’
    basic principles, basics, fundamentals, elements, essentials, first principles

Phrases

    as easy as ABC
    • Extremely easy or straightforward.

      ‘economics can be as simple as ABC’
      • ‘To them, preventing HIV infection is as simple as ABC - A for Abstinence, B for Being faithful and C for Condoms.’
      • ‘The dazzler was John, for whom kindness and consideration towards his customers in the restaurant is as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘‘If life was as simple as ABC or 123, there wouldn't be that frown on your face,’ an unfamiliar voice sounded behind her.’
      • ‘Signals are as easy as ABC for the trader with the right tools and know-how.’
      • ‘The campaign won't be as easy as ABC for the youngsters, but he is determined to put them at their ease.’
      • ‘With our new guide, CPU overclocking will be as easy as ABC!’
      • ‘Being a woman and staying healthy is not, it turns out, as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘The website makes comparing and switching as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘She says teaching children to read is as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘The pop quiz was as simple as ABC.’

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪbiːˈsiː/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC2

abbreviation

  • 1American Broadcasting Company.

  • 2Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪbiːˈsiː/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC3

noun

informal
  • An American-born person of Chinese descent.

    ‘like many ABCs, his identity is a tapestry’

adjective

informal
  • Relating to or denoting American-born people of Chinese descent.

    ‘some ABC parents send their children to Chinese language schools’

Origin

1970s from the initial letters of American-born Chinese.

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪbiːˈsiː/