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s

noun, often capitalized, often attributive \ ˈes \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of s

plural s's or ss play \ˈe-səz\
1 a : 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

Examples of s in a Sentence

  1. a word that starts with an s

  2. a word that starts with s

First Known Use of s

before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


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s

abbreviation

Definition of s

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 subject
23 symmetrical

1

S

abbreviation

Definition of S

1 satisfactory
2 short
3 standard deviation of a sample
4 svedberg

2

S

symbol

Definition of S

sulfur

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-s

plural noun suffix \ s after a voiceless consonant , z after a voiced consonant or a vowel \

Definition of -s

used to form the plural of most nouns that do not end in s, z, sh, ch, or postconsonantal y
  • heads
  • books
  • boys
  • beliefs
, 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
  • MCs
  • PhD's
  • 4s
  • the 1940's
  • $s
  • B's
— compare 1-es

Origin and Etymology of -s

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


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-s

adverb suffix

Definition of -s

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

Origin and Etymology of -s

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


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-s

verb suffix

Definition of -s

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

Origin and Etymology of -s

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


S Defined for English Language Learners

s

noun

Definition of s for English Language Learners

  • : the 19th letter of the English alphabet


-s

noun plural suffix

Definition of -s for English Language Learners

  • —used to form the plural of most nouns


S Defined for Kids

s

noun, often capitalized \ ˈes \

Definition of s for Students

plural s's or ss \ˈe-səz\
1 : the 19th letter of the English alphabet
2 : a grade rating a student's work as satisfactory

S

abbreviation

Definition of S for Students

1 satisfactory
2 small
3 south
4 southern

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-s

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

Definition of -s for Students

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

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-s

adverb suffix

Definition of -s for Students

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

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-s

verb suffix

Definition of -s for Students

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
  • falls
  • takes
  • plays

Medical Dictionary

S

abbreviation

medical Definition of S

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 S

sulfur

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