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ABC Syllabification: ABC
Pronunciation: /ˈˌā ˈˌbē ˈsē/

Entry from US English dictionary

informal

Definition of ABC in English:

noun

An American-born person of Chinese descent: like many ABCs, his identity is a tapestry
More example sentences
  • 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

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Relating to or denoting American-born people of Chinese descent: some ABC parents send their children to Chinese language schools
More example sentences
  • 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.

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