u
Pronunciation
Letter name
Phoneme
  • (Australia) IPA: /a/, /ʉː/, /ʊ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ʌ/, /uː/, /ʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ʌ/, /u/, /ʊ/
Letter
  1. Letter of the English alphabet
    I prefer the u in Arial to the one in Times New Roman.
Noun

u (plural ues)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter U
  2. A thing in the shape of the letter U
Translations
  • Portuguese: u
  • Russian: ю
  • Spanish: u
Pronoun
  1. (abbreviation, slang, text messaging, internet) you (in text messaging and internet conversations)
    Take me with u.
Adjective
  1. Abbreviation of underwater#English|underwater.

U
Pronunciation Letter
  1. Letter of the English alphabet
Noun
  1. A U-turn.
  2. Abbreviation of university#English|university.
  3. Abbreviation of Sunday#English|Sunday.
Adjective

u (not comparable)

  1. (comparable, chiefly, Britain, dated) Abbreviation of upper class#English|upper class (“characteristic#Adjective|characteristic of the upper classes, particularly in the use#Noun|use of language”).
    Antonyms: non-U
    • [1956], Alan S. C. Ross, “U and non-U”, in David Milsted, Brewer’s Anthology of England and the English, page 120 ↗:
      To TAKE a bath is non-U against U to HAVE one’s bath.
    • 1956, Nancy Mitford, Noblesse Oblige: an Inquiry into the Identifiable Characteristics of the English Aristocracy:
      In a treatise that still causes ripples in English society, Mitford defined various terms as either U (upper class) or non-U.
    • 1992, Stephan Gramley, Survey of Modern English, page 38 ↗:
      Other, perhaps more contentious generalizations, which nevertheless contain a certain amount of truth, are that afternoon tea is U, starts at four and typically consists of tea, thin sandwiches and cakes.
  2. (not comparable) Abbreviation of united#English|united.
  3. (not comparable) Abbreviation of upper#English|upper.
  4. (not comparable, education, espionage) Usually in parentheses: abbreviation of unclassified#English|unclassified.
  5. (not comparable, Britain) In a film#Noun|film certificate: abbreviation of universal#English|universal (“suitable for all ages”).
Preposition
  1. Abbreviation of under#English|under.
  2. Abbreviation of up#English|up.
Proper noun
  1. A language belonging to the Austroasiatic language family which is spoken in China.
Synonyms
  • P'uman
Proper noun
  1. Alternative form of Ü#English|Ü (“Tibetan language”)
    • 1924, William Montgomery McGovern, To Lhasa in Disguise: A Secret Expedition Through Mysterious Tibet:
      Among the settled communities of Central Tibet, the Tsang dialect as spoken in Shigatse and the U dialect as spoken in Lhasa hold the field.



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