Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC1

noun

  • 1The alphabet.

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

    ‘the business had been learning the ABC of its trade’
    basic principles, basics, fundamentals, elements, essentials, first principles
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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 campaign won't be as easy as ABC for the youngsters, but he is determined to put them at their ease.’
      • ‘‘If life was as simple as ABC or 123, there wouldn't be that frown on your face,’ an unfamiliar voice sounded behind her.’
      • ‘Being a woman and staying healthy is not, it turns out, as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘Signals are as easy as ABC for the trader with the right tools and know-how.’
      • ‘She says teaching children to read is as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘The dazzler was John, for whom kindness and consideration towards his customers in the restaurant is as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘With our new guide, CPU overclocking will be as easy as ABC!’
      • ‘The pop quiz was as simple as ABC.’
      • ‘The website makes comparing and switching as easy as ABC.’
      simple, not difficult, straightforward, clear, accessible, direct, undemanding, unexacting, unchallenging, unsophisticated, trouble-free, painless, effortless, easy, facile, elementary, idiot-proof, plain sailing, a five-finger exercise, nothing
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Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪbiːˈsiː/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC2

  • 1American Broadcasting Company.

  • 2Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪbiːˈsiː/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC3

noun

US
informal
  • An American-born person of Chinese descent.

    ‘like many ABCs, his identity is a tapestry’
    • ‘Though some ABCs want to be recognized as "real Chinese," I don't.’
    • ‘I'm a little surprised when an ABC has bad grammar.’
    • ‘If it has taught us one central lesson, it may well be that the world known as Chinese America is populated with all of us - women, men, FOBs, and ABCs - and together we can better achieve our vision for tomorrow.’

adjective

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

    ‘some ABC parents send their children to Chinese language schools’
    • ‘I have an ABC friend who speaks much worse Chinese than me, but nobody pushes her to switch to English when they talk with her.’
    • ‘David said he was ABC, American Born Chinese.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪbiːˈsiː/