b Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “b” in the English Dictionary

"b" in British English

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US (UK bn)
written abbreviation for billion
written abbreviation for born verb : John Winston Lennon (b. 9 ​October 1940, Liverpool, d. 8 ​December 1980, New York).
(Definition of b from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"B" in American English

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 us   /bi/

B noun (LETTER)

[C] (plural B’s, Bs, b’s or bs) (also b) the second ​letter of the ​Englishalphabet


music [C/U] (plural B’s or Bs) in Western ​music, the seventh ​note in the ​scale (= ​series of ​notes) that ​begins on the ​note C, or a set of ​notesbased on this ​note

B noun (MARK)

[C] (plural B’s or Bs) a ​mark that ​means very good, given to something of ​satisfactoryquality, esp. ​schoolwork: Mrs. Madden gave me a B on my ​essay for ​English.
(Definition of B from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"b" in Business English

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uk   us   US (UK bn)
written abbreviation for billion : The ​companylost $3b last ​year.
(Definition of b from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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