: a flexible, general-purpose computer programming language that is derived from C (see c entry 1 sense 8) but that includes some features not found in C (such as capabilities for object-oriented programming) and that is used for writing large or complex programs that would be difficult to write in C

Examples of C++ in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photoshop, Word, Facebook, Google Search, and WhatsApp have contributed to the proliferation of deepfakes, fake news, and phishing scams, but our first instinct isn’t to regulate their underlying C++ or Java libraries. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Feb. 2024 The main exception is code written with Android NDK (Native Developer Kit), which allows for high-performance native code in C and C++. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 The data were gathered manually to avoid results being biased due to API changes or terminations and because many of the programming language’s names (C++, Scheme) collided with common terms found in research papers and job ads or were difficult for a search engine to parse. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Aug. 2023 These charts compare Python (CPython 3), PyPy, Codon, and C++ (where applicable) on several benchmarks from Python’s benchmark suite. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Mar. 2023 To create the client, Yeo used Open Watcom C/C++, a modern compiler running on Windows 11 that can target 16-bit DOS platforms. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 27 Mar. 2023 One day, the older man checked out a book on C++ from the library and gave it to his son. Matt B. Weir, Harper's Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of C++ was in 1985

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“C++.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/C%2B%2B. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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