Definition of cedilla in English:


Syllabification: ce·dil·la
Pronunciation: /səˈdilə


  • 1A mark ( ¸ ) written under the letter c, especially in French, to show that it is pronounced like an s rather than a k (e.g., façade).
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    • Elsewhere, especially in some loans, c is soft before ae, oe in Latin caesura and Greek coelacanth, soft in French façade (often written without the cedilla, as facade), and generally hard in Celt/Celtic.
    • His publicity pictures show a perky looking man - puckish perhaps - with a cheery grin of white teeth and lightly raised eyebrows like cedillas.
    • We apologise to our more pedantic readers for the absence of a cedilla on the word ‘soupcon’. But do you really think I've got time to write this drivel and go the Windows Character Map to look for French accents?
  • 1.1A mark similar to a cedilla written under s in Turkish and other languages.


late 16th century: from obsolete Spanish, earlier form of zedilla, diminutive of zeda (the letter Z), from Greek zēta.

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