ce·​dil·​la | \ si-ˈdi-lə How to pronounce cedilla (audio) \

Definition of cedilla

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

Examples of cedilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Latvian, it is written with a cedilla under the l, but is sometimes rendered Aliona, Aljona or Alyona. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 8 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cedilla.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cedilla

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cedilla

Time Traveler for cedilla

Time Traveler

The first known use of cedilla was in 1599

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cedilla

Cite this Entry

“Cedilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedilla. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cedilla



English Language Learners Definition of cedilla

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!