Or, as in a CALD example:The size, when used like a noun, refers to a person. She is a 34C and she thinks the other woman is also a 34C.
I've seen similar abbreviations for other things that are distinguished based on some kind of measurement. For example, the caliber of a gun can be used as a noun, meaning "gun with that caliber", and an engine's displacement in liters or cubic centimeters can be used as a noun, meaning "engine with that displacement" or even "vehicle with an engine with that displacement".
I.e., we can say she "wears a size 14 dress", or she's "a size 14 (person)", right?a size 14 dress
Yes, it does. Only people* are described as "a size 14." There are, however, various items of clothing that can be made in size 14 (in U.S. sizes), and they are intended for different types of people (women of slightly above average weight, men with large feet, boys about 10-12 years old, and more). You need context to know what kind of person is meant in a given situation.I thought so too, that's why I put it in the brackets, unlike "dress", but the article does refer to the implied "person/man/woman/etc", right?