Definition of tilde in English:



  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tilde over the letter o is a dead giveaway as the other languages don't have it.’
    1. 1.1A symbol similar to a tilde used in mathematics and logic to indicate negation, inversion, etc.


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