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The Definition of - c (noun)

    noun, plural C's or Cs, c's or cs.
    the third letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
    any spoken sound represented by the letter C or c, as in cat, race, or circle.
    something having the shape of a C .
    a written or printed representation of the letter C or c.
    a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter C or c.

Word Example of - c


    Example Sentences for c

    Up to now no sketches for the Quartet in C minor have been found.

    C conforms to this, and A takes what it can get, hauling at a very small profit.

    Say, he c'd make a jack-rabbit look like a fly in a tub o' butter.

    C——— told us that we need never have hesitated about killing a beast.

    "Thar's no one else c'n do it but the negro, sah," the preacher answered.

    The next time use the letter "C" and so on through the alphabet.

    As finally rewritten, this study is possible to play and well worth playing (c).

    C, who has the right to straddle the ante does not do so, so no other player may.

    C 18 may be corrected by B 10, though there is an absurd jumble of pipes and harp in the latter.

    They didn't want biochemistry; they want a letter on a card; a "C" would do.

Word Origin & History of - c

    Word Origin & History

    C third letter of the alphabet. Alphabetic writing came to Rome via the southern Etruscan "Caeretan" script, in which gamma was written as a crescent. Early Romans made little use of Gk. kappa and used gamma for both the "g" and "k" sounds, the latter more frequently, so that the "k" sound came to be seen as the proper one for gamma. To restore a dedicated symbol for the "g" sound, a modified gamma was introduced c.250 B.C.E. as G. In classical Latin -c- has only the value "k," and thus it passed to Celtic and, via Irish monks, to Anglo-Saxon, where -k- was known but little used. In O.Fr., many ..."k" sounds drifted to "ts" and by 13c., "s," but still were written with a -c-. Thus the 1066 invasion brought to the Eng. language a more vigorous use of -k- and a flood of Fr. and L. words in which -c- represented "s" (e.g. cease, ceiling, circle). By 15c. native English words with -s- were being respelled with -c- for "s" (e.g. ice, mice, lice). In some words from Italian, meanwhile, the -c- has a "ch" sound (a sound evolution in Italian that parallels the O.Fr. one).

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