A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahb, ahv]
    • /ɑb, ɑv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahb, ahv]
    • /ɑb, ɑv/

Definitions of ab word

  • countable noun ab In some American universities, an AB is the same as a BA. 3
  • abbreviation AB able-bodied seaman 3
  • abbreviation AB (in the US) Bachelor of Arts 3
  • abbreviation AB (esp in postal addresses) Alberta (Canada) 3
  • symbol ab a human blood type of the ABO group, containing both the A antigen and the B antigen 3
  • noun ab a blood type 3

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Origin of ab

First appearance:

before 1980
One of the 1% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1980-85; by shortening

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Parts of speech for Ab


ab popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ab usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ab

noun ab

  • ba — A BA is a first degree in an arts or social science subject. BA is an abbreviation for 'Bachelor of Arts'.
  • av — (in the Jewish calendar) the fifth month of the year according to biblical reckoning and the eleventh month in the civil year, usually falling within July and August
  • bachelor of arts — a degree conferred on a person who has successfully completed his or her undergraduate studies, usually in a branch of the liberal arts or humanities

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