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Basic Latin alphabet
  Aa Bb Cc Dd  
Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj
Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp
Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv
  Ww Xx Yy Zz  

B (b) is the second letter in the Latin alphabet. Its name in English (pronounced /biː/) is spelled bee, plural bees.[1]

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History

The letter B might have started as a pictogram of the floorplan of a house in Egyptian hieroglyphs or the Proto-Sinaitic alphabet. By 1050 BC, the Phoenician alphabet's letter had a linear form that served as the beth.

Egyptian hieroglyph
cottage
Proto-Canaanite
house
Phoenician

Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

The Universal Character Set
Letter b.svg
Unicode name LATIN SMALL LETTER B
Basic Latin U+0062

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Translingual

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Etymology

Approximate form of upper case B when the loop was dropped to form lower case b Modification of capital letter B by dropping its upper loop, from Greek letter Β (B), Beta).

Letter

b lower case (upper case B)

  1. The second letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.

Usage notes

The letter b is used in the International Phonetic Alphabet and in several romanization systems of non-Latin scripts to represent the bilabial plosive or stop, usually voiced (IPA: /b/), including Cyrillic б (b), be), Zhuyin fuhao , and Korean jamo  (b), bieup).

See also

Other representations of B:


English

Pronunciation

Letter

b (lower case, upper case B)

  1. Lower case form of B. The letter bee, the second letter of the English alphabet, usually representing the voiced bilabial plosive (IPA: /b/).

Usage notes

In Modern English, the letter b is silent in several words, including climb, and debt.

See also

  • Previous English letter: a
  • Next English letter: c

Abbreviation

b

  1. Alternative form of b..

Symbol

b

  1. latitude in the galactic coordinate system
  2. (physics) barn

See also

  • - galactic longitude

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /beː/

Letter

b (lower case, upper case B)

  1. The second letter of the Dutch alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: a
  • Next letter: c

Esperanto

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /bo/
  • (phoneme): IPA: /b/

Letter

b (lower case, upper case B)

  1. The second letter of the Esperanto alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: a
  • Next letter: c

Italian

Noun

b m. and f. inv.

  1. See under B

Romanian

Pronunciation

Letter

b (lowercase, capital B)

  1. The fourth letter of the Romanian alphabet representing the phoneme /b/. Preceded by â and followed by c.

Serbian

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme) IPA: /b/

Letter

b (lower case, upper case B)

  1. The 2nd letter of the Serbian Latin alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: a
  • Next letter: c

Slovene

Pronunciation

Letter

b (lowercase, capital B)

  1. The second letter of the Slovene alphabet. Preceded by a and followed by c.

Spanish

Letter

b (lower case, upper case B)

  1. The second letter of the Spanish alphabet.

Simple English

The Latin alphabet
Aa Bb Cc Dd
Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj
Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp
Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv
Ww Xx Yy Zz

B is the second (number 2) letter in the English alphabet.

Meanings for B



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