Visit the forum if you have a language query!

c

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.
Sir James Jeans
Jump to: navigation, search
Wikipedia-logo-en.png
Wikipedia has an article on:
C
Wikipedia

Translingual

The letter c

Etymology 1

Etruscan 𐌂 (C), the source for Latin C

Modification of upper case letter C, from Etruscan 𐌂 (C), from Greek Γ (G), â€œâ€˜Gamma’”), from Phoenician 𐤂 (G), â€œâ€˜gimmel’”).

Letter

c

  1. Lower case of C. The third letter of the classical Latin alphabet and many derivations thereof, including the English alphabet.
Usage notes
  • In many many languages, the letter c represents both a “hard” /k/ sound and a “soft” sound (/s/, /ts/, /tʃ/, or /θ/), based on the following letter.
  • In many languages, it occurs frequently in the digraph with ch.
  • In the International Phonetic Alphabet, it represents a voiceless palatal plosive.
  • In some romanization systems of non-Latin scripts, it represents /tʃ/, /θ/, or /tsÊ°/.

See also

Etymology 2

Lower case form of upper case roman numeral C, a standardization of Ɔ and C because the latter happens to be an abbreviation of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] centum (“‘hundred’”), from abbreviation of ƆIC, an alternate form of >I<, from tally stick markings resembling Ж (a superimposed X and I), from the practice of designating each tenth X notch with an extra cut.

Alternative forms

Numeral

c (lower case Roman numeral, uper case C)

  1. cardinal number one hundred (100).
Usage notes

With a bar over the numeral, i.e., as c, it represents one hundred thousand.

Derived terms
See also
  • Lesser roman numeral symbol: l (“‘50’”)
  • Greater roman numeral symbol: d (“‘500’”)
  • Roman numerals

Etymology 3

Symbol

c

  1. (physics) the speed of light

English

Etymology 1

The k-rune ᚲ, an older version of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚳ

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚳ, which was later replaced by Latin ‘c’ Old English lower case letter c, from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case c of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚳ (c), â€œâ€˜cen’”).

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /siː/ (usually spelled cee)
  • (phoneme): IPA: /k/, /s/, ...

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. Lower case form of C. The letter cee, the third letter of the English alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: d

Etymology 2

Various abbreviations

Abbreviation

c

  1. circa, meaning approximately
  2. (informal) Cancer.

Etymology 3

Noun

Singular
c

Plural
{{{1}}}

c ({{{1}}})
  1. (music) The middle tone in either one of the sets of seven white keys on a keyboard or a set of seven strings on a stringed instrument.

French

Abbreviation

c

  1. (text messaging) shortened form of c'est
    C nul ici sans George
    It's rubbish here without George

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /ʧe/
  • (phoneme): IPA: /k/ and IPA: /ʧ/

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)[[Category:Template:lang:ro alphabet|c]]

  1. The fifth letter of the Romanian alphabet.

Usage notes

See C for pronunciation notes

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: d

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE