What Does QC Mean?

QC means "Quality Control" or "Queen's Counsel."

Quality Control

The abbreviation QC is widely used with the meaning "Quality Control" to refer to a procedure or set of procedures designed to ensure that a product or service complies with a defined set of criteria with regards to quality or meets the requirements of the client or customer.

Queen's Counsel

In the UK, QC is also used with the meaning "Queen's Counsel." In this context, a QC is senior lawyer or attorney, qualified and authorized to argue cases in higher courts.

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meaning of QC

QC also means "Quality Control."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for QC

QC means "Quality Control." This is the most common definition for QC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Quality Control
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for QC

QC also means "Queen's Counsel." This definition is also widely used in the UK.
Definition:Queen's Counsel
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


Examples of QC in Sentences

Here are examples of QC being used in conversations:
  • Pam: My new car broke down within a week!
  • Alice: Wow! That's rotten luck. QC obviously isn't what it should be.
  • (Here, QC means "Quality Control.")
  • Tim: Have you got a good lawyer?
  • Rick: I'm told he's the best QC since Rumpole of the Bailey.
  • (Here, QC means "Queen's Counsel.")

An Academic Look at QC

Whether used with the meaning "Quality Control" or "Queen's Counsel," QC is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Kew Cee"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of the abbreviation QC to mean "Quality Control" or "Queen's Counsel" pre-dates the digital era.

Example of QC Used in a Text


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