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See also: ABCS, abc's, and ABC's




  1. plural of ABC

ABCs pl (plural only)

  1. (US, usually plural only, countable) The alphabet. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350).][1]
    Do you know your ABC? (U.S.: Do you know your ABCs?)
  2. (obsolete, poetry) A type of poem in which the lines start with the letters of the alphabet in order. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.][1]
  3. (plural only) Letters; writing; the skill of literacy.
    He was busy learning his ABCs.
  4. The alphabet, especially the English alphabet.


  • 1.0 1.1 “ABCs” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 3.