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  1. a diacritic (~) placed over an n, as in Spanish mañana, to indicate a palatal nasal sound or over a vowel, as in Portuquese são, to indicate nasalization.
  2. swung dash.
  3. Mathematics. a symbol (∼) indicating equivalency or similarity between two values.
  4. Logic. a similar symbol indicating negation.
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Origin of tilde

1860–65; < Spanish < Latin titulus superscription. See title
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Examples from the Web for tilde

Historical Examples of tilde

  • The tilde has been restored in those Spanish words that use it.

    Anting-Anting Stories

    Sargent Kayme

  • Spelled with a tilde, sguat, as are all the other forms before guat.

  • A doubled 'l' with a tilde across the middle is rendered as 'll'.

  • The tilde is the mark placed over the Spanish letter n, as in Señor.

    The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • In versions of this book that do not support accented letters, Canon (with a tilde over the middle n) is spelled Canyon.


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

British Dictionary definitions for tilde


  1. the diacritical mark (~) placed over a letter to indicate a palatal nasal consonant, as in Spanish señor. This symbol is also used in the International Phonetic Alphabet to represent any nasalized vowel
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Word Origin for tilde

C19: from Spanish, from Latin titulus title, superscription
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Word Origin and History for tilde


1864, from Spanish, metathesis of Catalan title, from Latin titulus "inscription, heading" (see title (n.)).

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