Definition of tilde in English:


Syllabification: til·de
Pronunciation: /ˈtildə


  • 1An accent (~) placed over Spanish n when pronounced ny (as in señor) or Portuguese a or o when nasalized (as in São Paulo), or over a vowel in phonetic transcription, indicating nasalization.
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    • A tilde over the vowel indicates a high broken tone, in which the voice starts slightly above the middle of the normal speaking voice range, drops and then rises abruptly.
    • In modern Paraguayan orthography, the nasal vowels are represented with the nasal tilde (~) over the oral version of the vowel.
    • The fact that the singer was Spanish and that the programme printed the song title with a tilde might have been a clue, anyway.
  • 1.1The tilde symbol as a part of a URL.
  • 1.2A symbol similar to a tilde used in mathematics to indicate similarity, and in logic to indicate negation.


mid 19th century: from Spanish, based on Latin titulus (see title).

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