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JC, noun

Forms:
Also J.C.
Origin:
Initial letters of Junior Certificate.
historical, colloquial
a. The Junior Certificate examination, an external (school-leaving) examination taken, in the past, at the end of the Standard Eight year (the tenth year of schooling); Junior Certificate sense a. b. The certificate or qualification so gained; Junior Certificate sense b. c. By metonymy: The Standard Eight year. Also attributive.
1939 J. Ludus in Outspan 20 Oct. 53Why ‘shrink back appalled’ because a J.C. question paper cannot be answered off-hand by ‘an English university graduate of some 16 years standing’?
1990 Tribute Sept. 139‘She probably doesn’t even have JC,’ I’d think, saying nothing, so angry I’d sometimes almost feel her neck in my slowly squeezing hands.
The Junior Certificate examination, an external (school-leaving) examination taken, in the past, at the end of the Standard Eight year (the tenth year of schooling); Junior Certificatea.
The certificate or qualification so gained; Junior Certificateb.
By metonymy: The Standard Eight year. Also attributive.

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