Definition of B.C.E. abbreviation from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

B.C.E.

 abbreviation
(also BCE)abbreviation
NAmE//ˌbi si ˈi//
 
 
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before the Common Era (before the birth of Christ, when the Christian calendar starts counting years. B.C.E. can be used to give dates in the same way as B.C. ) in (the year) 2,000 B.C.E. the third century B.C.E. compare A.D., B.C., C.E.