A B C
n. m.

Petit livret contenant l’alphabet et la combinaison des lettres pour enseigner à lire. Acheter un A b c pour un enfant.

Il signifie figurément et familièrement le Commencement d’un art, d’une science, Ce n’est là que l’A b c des mathématiques. Cette maxime est l’A b c de la politique.

N’en être qu’à l’A b c d’une science, d’un art, N’en avoir que les premières notions.

Prov. et fig., Renvoyer quelqu’un à l’A b c, Le traiter d’ignorant; et, Remettre quelqu’un à l’A b c, Le ramener aux éléments, aux premiers principes d’un art, d’une science, etc.

On dit quelquefois dans le même sens A b c d.

L'Academie francaise. 1935.

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