noun, often capitalized, often attributive
\ ˈpē How to pronounce p (audio) \
plural p's or ps\ ˈpēz How to pronounce ps (audio) \

Definition of p

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the 16th letter of the English alphabet
b : a graphic representation of this letter
c : a speech counterpart of orthographic p
2 : a graphic device for reproducing the letter p
3 : one designated p especially as the 16th in order or class
4 [abbreviation for pass]
a : a grade rating a student's work as passing
b : one graded or rated with a P
5 : something shaped like the letter P

Definition of p (Entry 2 of 5)

1 page; pages
2 parental generation
3 part
4 participle
5 past
6 pater
7 pawn
8 pence; penny
9 per
10 peseta
11 peso
12 petite
13 piano
14 pico-
15 pint
16 pipe
17 pitch
18 pole
19 port
20 power
21 pro
22 progressive
23 proton
24 purl

Definition of P (Entry 3 of 5)

1 pressure
2 [French poids] weight

Definition of P (Entry 4 of 5)


Definition of p- (Entry 5 of 5)


Examples of p in a Sentence

Noun a word that starts with a p a word that starts with p

First Known Use of p


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Cite this Entry

“P.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/p. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce p- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of p

: the 16th letter of the English alphabet


noun, often capitalized
\ ˈpē How to pronounce p (audio) \
plural p's or ps\ ˈpēz \

Kids Definition of p

: the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet

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Medical Definition of P

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 parental
2 part
3 percentile
4 pharmacopoeia
5 pint
6 pole
7 population
8 position
9 positive
10 posterior
11 pressure
12 pulse
13 pupil

Medical Definition of P (Entry 2 of 3)


Medical Definition of p- (Entry 3 of 3)

para- p-dichlorobenzene

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