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From Spanish cedilla (literally little zed), c. 1600. In Spanish cedilla referred to the letter ⟨Ç⟩, which had evolved from ⟨⟩, a Visigothic form of the letter Z (called a Z with copete); hence the name. The lower part of ⟨Ç⟩ (which came to be reinterpreted as a diacritical mark under a C) is the remnant of the original Z, after it gradually reduced in size; whereas the upper part was originally just an ornamentation over the Z (which increased in size until it resembled letter C, and finally came to be identified with this letter).

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cedilla (plural cedillas)

¸ Ç ç
  1. (orthography) In the spelling of Catalan, French, Portuguese and some other languages, a mark ⟨¸⟩ sometimes placed under the letter c to indicate that it is pronounced /s/ rather than /k/, as in Catalan força, French menaçant, and Portuguese almoço, and also used in various other languages to change the sounds of other letters.
    Synonyms: (dated) cedille, cédille

Usage notes edit

Sometimes retained in words which have been adopted into English, specifically from French, such as facade/façade.

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Etymology edit

From Old Spanish ceda (letter Z) +‎ -illa (diminutive suffix); cognate with modern Spanish zeta.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): (most of Spain) /θeˈdiʝa/ [θeˈð̞i.ʝa]
  • IPA(key): (rural northern Spain) /θeˈdiʎa/ [θeˈð̞i.ʎa]
  • IPA(key): (most of Latin America) /seˈdiʝa/ [seˈð̞i.ʝa]
  • IPA(key): (Andes Mountains) /seˈdiʎa/ [seˈð̞i.ʎa]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /seˈdiʃa/ [seˈð̞i.ʃa]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /seˈdiʒa/ [seˈð̞i.ʒa]

  • (most of Spain and Latin America) Rhymes: -iʝa
  • (rural northern Spain, Andes Mountains) Rhymes: -iʎa
  • (Buenos Aires and environs) Rhymes: -iʃa
  • (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) Rhymes: -iʒa

  • Syllabification: ce‧di‧lla

Noun edit

cedilla f (plural cedillas)

  1. name of the letter ç
  2. (orthography) cedilla

Descendants edit

  • English: cedilla
  • French: cédille
  • Italian: cediglia
  • Portuguese: cedilha
  • Romanian: sedilă

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