- a mark (¸) placed under a consonant letter, as under c in French, in Portuguese, and formerly in Spanish, to indicate that it is pronounced (s), under c and s in Turkish to indicate that they are pronounced, respectively, (ch) and (sh), or under t and s in Romanian to indicate that they are pronounced, respectively, (ts) and (sh).
- this mark used as a diacritic of arbitrary value in transliteration of words from non-Roman into Roman alphabetic characters.
Origin of cedilla
Examples from the Web for cedilla
He would speak the "g" in Nargett, and he, declined—after a remonstrance he declined—to pass Pagnell under the cedilla.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
Cedilla, se-dil′la, n. a mark placed under the letter c (thus ), esp.
It is pronounced somewhat like the c with the cedilla, ç, only more quickly and with greater force—ds or dz.The Annals of the Cakchiquels
Daniel G. Brinton
It was usual to write instead of the z—c with a cedilla, and this was probably the origin of the mistake.
Cael in Ortelius and Homannus, the cedilla has been omitted in another part of this work.A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar
- a character ( ¸ ) placed underneath a c before a, o, or u, esp in French, Portuguese, or Catalan, denoting that it is to be pronounced (s), not (k). The same character is used in the scripts of other languages, as in Turkish under s
Word Origin and History for cedilla
c.1600, from Spanish cedilla, zedilla, literally "little z," from a Latin-like diminutive of Greek zeta "the letter 'z'." The mark (formerly also used in Spanish) was derived from that letter and indicates a "soft" sound in letters in positions where normally they have a "hard" sound. See zed.