noun til·de \ˈtil-də\

: 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

:  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
a :  the mark tilde used to indicate negation in logic and the geometric relation is similar to in mathematics
b :  the mark tilde used to indicate an approximate value

Origin of TILDE

Spanish, from Medieval Latin titulus tittle
First Known Use: circa 1864

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
TILDE Defined for Kids


noun til·de \ˈtil-də\

Definition of TILDE for Kids

:  a mark ˜ placed especially over the letter n (as in Spanish señor) to indicate a sound that is approximately \nyə\


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