Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • abbreviation Physics candle
  • abbreviation carat
  • abbreviation charm quark
  • abbreviation circumference
  • abbreviation Mathematics constant
  • abbreviation cubic
  • noun The third letter of the modern English alphabet.
  • noun Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter c.
  • noun The third in a series.
  • noun Something shaped like the letter C.
  • noun The third best or third highest in quality or rank.
  • noun The first tone in the scale of C major or the third tone in the relative minor scale.
  • noun A key or scale in which the tone of C is the tonic.
  • noun A written or printed note representing this tone.
  • noun A string, key, or pipe tuned to the pitch of this tone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of Civil Engineer.
  • noun An abbreviation of the Latin (New Latin) Chirurgiæ Magister, Master in Surgery.
  • An abbreviation of Court of Appeal;
  • of Court of Arches;
  • of Chancery Appeals;
  • of commercial agent;
  • of Confederate army;
  • of county alderman.
  • noun An abbreviation of Commanding Officer
  • noun of Colonial Office.
  • An abbreviation of Certified Master
  • of Church Missionary
  • of common meter
  • of corresponding member.
  • noun An abbreviation of candle-power;
  • noun of Chief Patriarch;
  • noun of Clerk of the Peace;
  • noun of Code of Procedure;
  • noun of Congregatio Passionis, Congregation of the Passion.
  • noun An abbreviation of care of, common in addressing letters, etc. Often written c/o
  • An abbreviation of Court and [lowercase] of centimeter.
  • noun An abbreviation of the Latin Civis Romanus, Roman citizen.
  • An abbreviation of cathodal duration.
  • noun An abbreviation of Companion of the Bath. See bath.
  • noun An abbreviation
  • noun of commissary-general, and
  • noun of consul-general.
  • An abbreviation of chief justice.
  • noun An abbreviation of Court of Session;
  • noun Clerk of the Signet;
  • noun Custos Sigilli, Keeper of the Seal;
  • noun con sordini (which see).
  • An abbreviation of captain-general;

Etymologies

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From Latin celeritās ("speed").

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Various abbreviations

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Lower case form of upper case roman numeral C, a standardization of Ɔ and C because the latter happens to be an abbreviation of Latin 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.

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Modification of upper case letter C, from Etruscan 𐌂 (C), from Greek Γ (G, "Gamma"), from Phoenician 𐤂 (G, "gimmel").

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From the symbol c, which is from Latin celeritās ("speed").

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  • C. Chemical element symbol for Carbon.

    December 16, 2007