Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC1

noun

  • 1The alphabet.

    1. 1.1 The rudiments of a subject.
      ‘the ABCs of emergency heart-lung resuscitation’
      basic principles, basics, fundamentals, elements, essentials, first principles
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    2. 1.2 An alphabetical guide.
      ‘an ABC of Civil War battlefields’

Phrases

  • (as) easy (or simple) as ABC

    • Extremely easy or straightforward.

      • ‘Signals are as easy as ABC for the trader with the right tools and know-how.’
      • ‘The dazzler was John, for whom kindness and consideration towards his customers in the restaurant is as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘Being a woman and staying healthy is not, it turns out, as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘‘If life was as simple as ABC or 123, there wouldn't be that frown on your face,’ an unfamiliar voice sounded behind her.’
      • ‘She says teaching children to read is as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘To them, preventing HIV infection is as simple as ABC - A for Abstinence, B for Being faithful and C for Condoms.’
      • ‘The website makes comparing and switching as easy as ABC.’
      • ‘The pop quiz was as simple as ABC.’
      • ‘With our new guide, CPU overclocking will be as easy as ABC!’
      • ‘The campaign won't be as easy as ABC for the youngsters, but he is determined to put them at their ease.’
      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

/ˌeɪˌbiˈsi//ˌāˌbēˈsē/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC2

  • American Broadcasting Company.

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪˌbiˈsi//ˌāˌbēˈsē/

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though some ABCs want to be recognized as "real Chinese," I don't.’
    • ‘I'm a little surprised when an ABC has bad grammar.’

adjective

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

    ‘some ABC parents send their children to Chinese language schools’
    • ‘David said he was ABC, American Born Chinese.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ABC

/ˌeɪˌbiˈsi//ˌāˌbēˈsē/