Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC1

noun

  • 1The alphabet.

    abc, letters
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    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’

Pronunciation:

ABC

/ˌāˌbēˈsē/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC2

  • American Broadcasting Company.

Pronunciation:

ABC

/ˌāˌbēˈsē/

Main definitions of ABC in English

: ABC1ABC2ABC3

ABC3

noun

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm a little surprised when an ABC has bad grammar.’

adjective

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

/ˌāˌbēˈsē/