There are 3 main definitions of ABC in English:

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ABC 1

Pronunciation: /ˌāˌbēˈsē/

noun

1The alphabet.
1.1 (also ABCs) The rudiments of a subject: the ABCs of emergency heart-lung resuscitation
1.2An alphabetical guide: an ABC of Civil War battlefields

Phrases

easy (or simple) as ABC

Extremely easy or straightforward.
Example sentences
  • To them, preventing HIV infection is as simple as ABC - A for Abstinence, B for Being faithful and C for Condoms.
  • The dazzler was John, for whom kindness and consideration towards his customers in the restaurant is as easy as ABC.
  • ‘If life was as simple as ABC or 123, there wouldn't be that frown on your face,’ an unfamiliar voice sounded behind her.
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There are 3 main definitions of ABC in English:

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ABC 2

Pronunciation: /ˌāˌbēˈsē/

abbreviation

American Broadcasting Company.
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ABC 3

Pronunciation: /ˌāˌbēˈsē/
informal

noun

An American-born person of Chinese descent: like many ABCs, his identity is a tapestry
More example sentences
  • I'm a little surprised when an ABC has bad grammar.
  • 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.
  • Though some ABCs want to be recognized as "real Chinese," I don't.

adjective

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

Origin

1970s: from the initial letters of American-born Chinese.

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