s

noun, often capitalized, often attributive
\ˈes \
plural s's or ss\ˈe-​səz \

Definition of

(Entry 1 of 7)

1a : the 19th letter of the English alphabet

b : a graphic representation of this letter

c : a speech counterpart of orthographic s

2 : a graphic device for reproducing the letter s

3 : one designated s especially as the 19th in order or class

4 [ abbreviation for satisfactory ]

a : a grade rating a student's work as satisfactory

b : one graded or rated with an S

5 : something shaped like the letter S

s

abbreviation (1)

Definition of (Entry 2 of 7)

1 sabbath

2 saint

3 schilling

4 scruple

5 second; secondary

6 section

7 senate

8 series

9 shilling

10 [Latin signa] label

11 siemens

12 signor

13 sine

14 singular

15 small

16 smooth

17 snow

18 society

19 son

20 sou

21 south; southern

22 strange

23 subject

24 symmetrical

S

abbreviation (2)

Definition of (Entry 3 of 7)

1 satisfactory

2 short

3 standard deviation of a sample

4 svedberg

S

symbol

Definition of (Entry 4 of 7)

sulfur

\safter a voiceless consonant, zafter a voiced consonant or a vowel\

Definition of -s (Entry 5 of 7)

used to form the plural of most nouns that do not end in s, z, sh, ch, or postconsonantal y headsbooksboysbeliefs , to form the plural of proper nouns that end in postconsonantal y Marys , and with or without a preceding apostrophe to form the plural of abbreviations, numbers, letters, and symbols used as nouns MCsPhD's4sthe 1940's$sB's — compare -es entry 1

Definition of -s (Entry 6 of 7)

used to form adverbs denoting usual or repeated action or state always at home Sundaysmornings he stops by the newsstand

Definition of -s (Entry 7 of 7)

used to form the third person singular present of most verbs that do not end in s, z, sh, ch, or postconsonantal y fallstakesplays — compare -es entry 2

Examples of s in a Sentence

Noun

a word that starts with an s a word that starts with s

First Known Use of s

Noun

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

History and Etymology for s

Plural noun suffix

Middle English -es, -s, from Old English -as, nominative & accusative plural ending of some masculine nouns; akin to Old Saxon -os

Adverb suffix

Middle English -es, -s, plural ending of nouns, from -es, genitive singular ending of nouns (functioning adverbially), from Old English -es

Verb suffix

Middle English (Northern & North Midland dialect) -es, from Old English (Northumbrian dialect) -es, -as, probably from Old English -es, -as, 2nd singular present indicative ending — more at -est

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s

noun

English Language Learners Definition of s

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the 19th letter of the English alphabet

English Language Learners Definition of -s (Entry 2 of 2)

—used to form the plural of most nouns

s

noun, often capitalized
\ˈes \
plural s's or ss\ˈe-​səz \

Kids Definition of s

1 : the 19th letter of the English alphabet

2 : a grade rating a student's work as satisfactory

Kids Definition of S

1 satisfactory

2 small

3 south

4 southern

\s after sounds f, k, p, t, th; əz after sounds ch, j, s, sh, z, zh; z after other sounds\

Kids Definition of -s

 (Entry 1 of 5)

used to form the plural of most nouns that do not end in s, z, sh, ch, x, or y following a consonant headsbooksbeliefs and with or without an apostrophe to form the plural of abbreviations, numbers, letters, and symbols used as nouns 4s#sB's

Kids Definition of -s (Entry 2 of 5)

used to form adverbs showing usual or repeated action or state We are always at home Sundays.

Kids Definition of -s (Entry 3 of 5)

used to form the third person singular present of most verbs that do not end in s, z, sh, ch, x, or y following a consonant fallstakesplays

Medical Definition of

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 sacral used especially with a number from 1 to 5 to indicate a vertebra or segment of the spinal cord in the sacral region the relative length of cord segments S1 to S5

2 signa used to introduce the signature in writing a prescription

3 smooth used of bacterial colonies

4 subject

5 svedberg

S

symbol

Medical Definition of (Entry 2 of 2)

sulfur

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