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O, the fifteenth letter of the English alphabet, derives its form, value, and name from the Greek O, through the Latin. The letter came into the Greek from the Phoenician, which possibly derived it ultimately from the Egyptian. Etymologically, the letter o is most closely related to a, e, and u; as in (English) bone, (Anglo-Saxon) ban; (English) stone, (Anglo-Saxon) stan; (English) broke, (Anglo-Saxon) brecan to break; (English) bore, (Anglo-Saxon) beran to bear; (English) dove, (Anglo-Saxon) dufe; (English) toft, tuft; tone, tune; number, (French) nombre. The letter o has several vowel sounds, the principal of which are its long sound, as in bone, its short sound, as in nod, and the sounds heard in the words orb, son, do (feod), and wolf (book). In connection with the other vowels it forms several digraphs and diphthongs. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 107-129.2. Among the ancients, O was a mark of triple time, from the notion that the ternary, or number 3, is the most perfect of numbers, and properly expressed by a circle, the most perfect figure. O was also anciently used to represent 11: with a dash over it (O O,
The letter O, or its sound. "Mouthing out his hollow oes and aes." Tennyson.2. Something shaped like the letter O; a circle or oval. "This wooden O [Globe Theater]". (Shakespeare)3. A cipher; zero. [Rare] Thou art an O without a figure. (Shakespeare)
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From Latin illō, ablative form of ille (“that”).
(in the northern dialect) anav
o (plural oes) The name of the Latin-script letter O/o. A zero (used in reading out numbers). It is currently two-o-five in the afternoon (2:05 PM). The first American settlement was in Jamestown in sixteen-o-seven (1607).
o Common misspelling of ho.
o (used in indicating someone) O debbo (this/that woman)
o (archaic, always capitalized) The English vocative particle, used before a pronoun or the name of a person or persons to mark direct address. 1611, King James Bible, Galatians 3:1: O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Alternative form of oh.
O (IRC) Operator Object, see SVO Over
o (plural ɓe) Noun class indicator for nouns (singular) having to do with people, and for loan words
(IPA) close-mid back rounded vowel
o about for
(Latin’s names for the letters of its own alphabet): ā (A), bē (B), cē (C), dē (D), ē (E), ef (F), gē (G), hā (H), ī (I), kā (K), el (L), em (M), en (N), ō (O), pē (P), kū (Q), er (R), es (S), tē (T), ū (V), ix / īx / ex (X), ȳ (Y), zēta (Z)
o lower case (upper case O) The fifteenth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
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