views updated May 23 2018

ce·dil·la / səˈdilə/ • n. a mark ( ¸ ) written under the letter c, esp. in French, to show that it is pronounced like an s rather than a k (e.g.,façade). ∎  a similar mark under sin Turkish and other oriental languages.


views updated May 29 2018

CEDILLA. A DIACRITIC used in French under the letter c to indicate a soft pronunciation (/s/ not /k/): Académie française, façade. This use may or may not be carried over into English in a borrowed word: for example, both façade and facade occur. The cedilla is also used in Portuguese, Romanian, and Turkish.


views updated Jun 27 2018

cedilla the mark, written under c. XVI. — Sp. cedilla, now zedilla, dim. of zeda letter z.