Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. chain (measurement)
  • abbr. check (chess)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A digraph from c and h, considered an individual letter in some languages.
  • abbr. chain - a unit of measurement equal to 22 yards
  • pro. Alternative form of I.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of China;
  • of Chinese;
  • of check (in chess).
  • n. A common English digraph, of various origin and pronunciation.
  • n. An abbreviation
  • n. of chapter, and
  • n. of church.

Etymologies

Aphetic form of ich, utch, ultimately from Old English . (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term ch'ao , "with its aspiration, low rising tone and all cannot be translated into English," we're told.

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  • The term château, or castle, used in this narrative was applied to a kind of grassy platform at the top.

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  • He might even wonder why the French word châtrer had anything at all to do with little ol 'him ... when, clearly, with the prefix "chat," does this emasculating mot begin!

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  • “We suspected them at one time of being the leaders of what they call the château gang.”

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  • Multilingual. ch is a search interface for translators that uses Google

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  • Simon Keenlyside sings "Fin ch'han dal vino" from Don Giovanni (Abbado conducting):

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  • Let's open our ears, our hearts and our minds and read along with the brilliant minds that created this concept: The micro compact home [m-ch] is a lightweight compact dwelling for one or two people.

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  • The micro compact home [m-ch] is all the rage in Europe right now.

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  • In wine terms, these are mainly garagiste offerings rather than from the main châteaus.

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  • * To explain these dates it is necessary to note that Champlain lived for years in one of the buildings of the Fort of Saint Louis which he first erected, and the name château is often applied to that structure; but the château, properly so-called, was not commenced until 1647, and it as well as its successors was within the limits of the fort.

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  • An aphetic form of ich, an obsolete dialect form of "I", used only to prefix other words, e.g., cham, I am; cha, chave, I have; chad, I had; chill, I will. It does not appear that it can stand alone as a word, but for some reason it's on the SOWPODS list, which I regard as an error. (Listed in MW2, OED2 and Chambers 20th Century Dictionary.)

    December 11, 2007