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Cyrillic letter Tshe
Cyrillic letter Tshe - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Phonetic usage:
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
Non-Slavic letters
Archaic letters

Tshe (? ?; italics: ? ?) is a letter of the Cyrillic script, used only in the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, where it represents the voiceless alveolo-palatal affricate /t?/, somewhat like the pronunciation of ⟨ch⟩ in "chew"; however, it must not be confused with the voiceless retroflex affricate Che (? ?), which represents /t?/ and which also exists in Serbian Cyrillic script. The sound of Tshe is produced from the voiceless alveolar plosive /t/ by iotation. Tshe is the 23rd letter in the Serbian alphabet. It was first used by Dositej Obradovi? as a revival of the old Cyrillic letter Djerv (?), and was later adopted in the 1818 Serbian dictionary of Vuk Stefanovi? Karad?i?.[1][2] The equivalent character to Tshe in Gaj's Latin alphabet is ?.[3]

Being part of the most common Serbian last names, the transliteration of Tshe to the Latin alphabet is very important; however, there are many ways to transliterate it. It is typically transliterated as ⟨?⟩, as per the Serbo-Croatian Latin alphabet or, without the diacritic, as ⟨c⟩; less frequent transliterations are ⟨tj⟩, ⟨ty⟩, ⟨cj⟩, ⟨cy⟩, ⟨ch⟩ (also used for Che), and ⟨tch⟩, ⟨ts⟩ (the last one in Hungarian only, but ⟨cs⟩ and ⟨ty⟩ are more common).

As it is one of the letters unique to the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, and also the first letter of the Serbian word for Cyrillic (), Tshe is often used as the basis for logos for various groups involved with the Cyrillic alphabet.[]

Related letters and other similar characters

Computing codes

Character information
Preview Ћ ћ
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1035 U+040B 1115 U+045B
UTF-8 208 139 D0 8B 209 155 D1 9B
Numeric character reference Ћ Ћ ћ ћ
Named character reference Ћ ћ
Code page 855 149 95 148 94
Windows-1251 142 8E 158 9E
ISO-8859-5 171 AB 251 FB
Macintosh Cyrillic 203 CB 204 CC
ENO encoding 1035 000040B 1115 000045B


  1. ^ Mareti?, Tomislav (1899). Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga knji?evnog jezika.
  2. ^ Campbell, George L.; Moseley, Christopher (2013). The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets (2nd ed.). Routledge. p. 85. ISBN 1135222967.
  3. ^ Du?ko Vitas; et al. (2012). The Serbian Language in the Digital Age. Springer. p. 53. ISBN 3642307558.

External links

  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary

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