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)

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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, "Jelena Ostapenko’s Fans Don’t Cheer for Jelena. They Cheer for Alona.," 8 July 2017

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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

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“Cedilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedilla. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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

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