Phonetics, Orthography. a diacritic (¸) 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).
Orthography. this mark used as a diacritic of arbitrary value in transliteration of words from non-Roman into Roman alphabetic characters.
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How to use cedilla in a sentence
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 | George Meredith
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 | Duarte Barbosa
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.
cedilla, se-dil′la, n. a mark placed under the letter c (thus ), esp.
British Dictionary definitions for cedilla
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
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