Simple Definition of tilde
: a mark ⁓ used in some languages (such as Spanish and Portuguese) to show that the letter n is pronounced /nj/ or that a vowel is pronounced in a different way
Full Definition of tilde
1 : a mark ˜ placed especially over the letter n (as in Spanish señor sir) to denote the sound \nʸ\ or over vowels (as in Portuguese irmã sister) to indicate nasality
2a : the mark tilde used to indicate negation in logic and the geometric relation “is similar to” in mathematicsb : the mark tilde used to indicate an approximate value
Origin of tilde
Spanish, from Medieval Latin titulus tittle
First Known Use: circa 1864
TILDE Defined for Kids
Definition of tilde for Students
: a mark ˜ placed especially over the letter n (as in Spanish señor) to indicate a sound that is approximately \nyə\
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Spanish Central: Translation of "tilde"
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