n. The abbreviation for before the Common Era, used by Jews in place of A.D. (anno Domini 'year of our Lord').
"In the fourth year of his reign, 833 BCE, King Solomon found himself at peace with his neighbors and began the construction of the Temple." (source)
Languages of Origin
intialism for 'before the Common Era'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
Who Uses This
See also C.E.
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