Cedilla meaning

sĭ-dĭlə
A mark (¸) placed beneath the letter c, as in the spelling of the French word garçon, to indicate that the letter is to be pronounced (s).
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A hooklike mark put under c, as in some French words, to indicate that it is to be sounded as the voiceless palatal fricative (s), as in façade.
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(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 French menaçant and Portuguese almoço, and also used in various other languages to change the sounds of other letters.
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Origin of cedilla

  • Obsolete Spanish diminutive of ceda the letter z (so called because a small z was formerly written after a c, and later below it, to indicate that the normal hard c was to be pronounced as a sibilant, like s or z) from Late Latin zēta zeta from Greek zeta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish cedilla, from older zedilla (“little zed”)

    From Wiktionary