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The Universal Character Set
Letter c.svg
Unicode name LATIN SMALL LETTER C
Basic Latin U+0063

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Translingual

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Etymology 1

Etruscan 𐌂 (C), the source for Latin C Modification of upper case letter C, from Etruscan 𐌂 (C), from Greek Γ (G), Gamma), from Phoenician 𐤂 (G), gimmel).

Letter

c lower case (upper case C)

  1. The third letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
Usage notes
  • In many many languages, the letter c represents both a “hard” /k/ sound and a “soft” sound (/s/, /ts/, /tʃ/, or /θ/), based on the following letter.
  • In many languages, it occurs frequently in the digraph with ch.
  • In the International Phonetic Alphabet, it represents a voiceless palatal plosive.
  • In some romanization systems of non-Latin scripts, it represents /tʃ/, /θ/, or /tsʰ/.

See also

Etymology 2

Lower case form of upper case roman numeral C, a standardization of Ɔ and C because the latter happens to be an abbreviation of Latin centum (hundred), from abbreviation of ƆIC, an alternate form of >I<, from tally stick markings resembling Ж (a superimposed X and I), from the practice of designating each tenth X notch with an extra cut.

Alternative forms

Numeral

c (lower case Roman numeral, upper case C)

  1. cardinal number one hundred (100).
Usage notes

With a bar over the numeral, i.e., as c, it represents one hundred thousand.

Derived terms
See also
  • Lesser roman numeral symbol: ‎l ‎(50)‎
  • Greater roman numeral symbol: ‎d ‎(500)‎
  • Roman numerals

Etymology 3

From Latin celeritās (speed).

Symbol

c

  1. (physics) The speed of light, 2.99792458 × 108 m/s.

See also

Other representations of C:


English

Etymology 1

The k-rune ᚲ, an older version of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚳ

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter ᚳ, which was later replaced by Latin ‘c’ Old English lower case letter c, from 7th century replacement by Latin lower case c of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letter  (c), cen).

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /siː/ (usually spelled cee)
  • (phoneme): IPA: /k/, /s/, ...
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Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. Lower case form of C. The letter cee, the third letter of the English alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: d

Etymology 2

Various abbreviations

Abbreviation

c

  1. Alternative form of c..

Etymology 3

Noun

Singular
c

Plural
cs or c's

c (plural cs or c's)

  1. (music) The middle tone in either one of the sets of seven white keys on a keyboard or a set of seven strings on a stringed instrument.

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /seː/

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. The third letter of the Dutch alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: d

Esperanto

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /tso/
  • (phoneme): IPA: /ts/

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. The third letter of the Esperanto alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: ĉ

French

Abbreviation

c

  1. (text messaging) Informal spelling of c'est.
    C nul ici sans George
    It's rubbish here without George

Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /tse/
  • (phoneme): IPA: /k/ before 'a'/'o'/'u', /ts/ before 'i'/'e'/'y'

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. The third letter of the Interlingua alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: d

Italian

Noun

c m. and f. inv.

  1. See under C

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA: /ʧe/
  • (phoneme): IPA: /k/ and IPA: /ʧ/

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. The fifth letter of the Romanian alphabet.

Usage notes

See C for pronunciation notes

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: d

Serbian

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme) IPA: /ts/

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. The 3rd letter of the Serbian Latin alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: b
  • Next letter: č

Spanish

Letter

c (lower case, upper case C)

  1. The third 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

C is the third (3rd) letter in the English alphabet.

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