Meaning of U in English

I. ˈyü noun

( plural u's or us ˈyüz)

Usage: often capitalized, often attributive


a. : the 21st letter of the English alphabet

b. : an instance of this letter printed, written, or otherwise represented

c. : a speech counterpart of orthographic u (as long u in mute, short u in cut, or u in rule )

2. : a printer's type, a stamp, or some other instrument for reproducing the letter u

3. : someone or something arbitrarily or conveniently designated u especially as the 20th or when j is used for the 10th the 21st in order or class

4. : something having the shape of the letter U

II. abbreviation

Usage: often capitalized

1. uncirculated

2. uncle


[German und ]


4. under

5. unified

6. uniform

7. union; unionist

8. unit; united

9. universal

10. university

11. unpleasant

12. upper

III. symbol

Usage: capitalized

1. ital intrinsic energy

2. uranium

IV. ˈyü adjective

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: u pper class

: characteristic of the upper classes — usually used in contrast to non-U

V. abbreviation

Usage: capitalized


Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.