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Ã/ã (a-tilde) is a letter used in some languages, generally considered a variant of the letter A.

In Portuguese, Ã/ã represents a nasal central unrounded vowel, normally transcribed in IPA as /ɐ̃/ (its exact height varies from open to mid according to dialect). The combination ãe represents the Diphthong [ɐ̃ĩ̯], and ão represents [ɐ̃ũ̯]. Because à is a typically Portuguese character, it is sometimes used as a symbol of the Portuguese language.

This symbol is also used in the Aromanian, Guaraní, Kashubian and Vietnamese languages. In Vietnamese, it represents [aː] in a high breaking-rising tone.

In the International Phonetic Alphabet, /ã/ stands for a nasal open unrounded vowel, found for example in the French words maman and Jean.

See also

The Basic modern Latin alphabet
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Letter A with diacritics
Letters using tilde sign

history palaeography derivations diacritics punctuation numerals Unicode list of letters ISO/IEC 646


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary



The Latin script
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Variations of letter A
Letters using tilde sign or middle tilde sign

Ãã Ĩĩ Ññ Õõ P̃p̃ Ũũ Ṽṽ


à upper case (lower case ã)

  1. The letter A with a tilde.



à (upper case, lower case ã)

  1. A letter of the Portuguese alphabet, representing the phoneme /ɐ̃/.

Usage notes

à never occurs initially, so the capital form is only used in words written completely uppercase.

Simple English

This page is about the first letter in the alphabet.
For the indefinite article, see Article (grammar).
For other uses of A, see A (disambiguation)
The Latin alphabet
Aa Bb Cc Dd
Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj
Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp
Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv
Ww Xx Yy Zz

A is the first letter of the English alphabet. a is a usual symbol for a low central vowel, as in "father"; the English long a (ā) is pronounced as a diphthong of ĕ and y. The corresponding letter of the Greek alphabet is named alpha. Alpha and omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet, symbolize the beginning and the end. In musical notation the letter A is the symbol of a note in the scale, below B and above G.

  • A is the letter that was formerly used to represent a team in an old TV show, The A Team.
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