cedilla

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish cedilla (little zed), c. 1600. In Spanish a small z was formerly written after or below the letter c to indicate the soft pronunciation.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cedilla (plural cedillas)

¸ Ç ç
  1. (orthography) In the spelling of Catalan, French, Portuguese and some other languages, a mark (¸) sometimes placed under the letter c to indicate that it is pronounced /s/ rather than /k/, as in French menaçant and Portuguese almoço, and also used in various other languages to change the sounds of other letters.

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes retained in words which have been adopted into English, specifically from French, such as facade/façade.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of Old Spanish ceda (letter Z) (Spanish zeta), from ceda + -illa.

Noun[edit]

cedilla f (plural cedillas)

  1. Name of the letter ç.
  2. (orthography) cedilla

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