noun ce·dil·la \si-ˈdi-lə\

: a mark ¸ placed under the letter c (as in façade ) to show that it is pronounced like s and not k

Full Definition of CEDILLA

:  the diacritical mark ¸ placed under a letter (as ç in French) to indicate an alteration or modification of its usual phonetic value (as in the French word façade)

Origin of CEDILLA

Spanish, the obsolete letter ç (actually a medieval form of the letter z), cedilla, from diminutive of ceda, zeda the letter z, from Late Latin zeta — more at zed
First Known Use: 1599

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow


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