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The letter combination IJ is:

  • the ligature of the letters I and J. In Dutch it usually represents the diphthong [ɛi], and is sometimes considered be to be a single letter: see IJ (digraph).

When used to represent this digraph, IJ can stand for:

  • IJ (bay), a body of water near Amsterdam, Netherlands

As an abbreviation, IJ can stand for:

As a code, IJ can be:

  • ij is a Java tool for interacting with ODBC databases.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

The Universal Character Set
Latin Extended-A U+0133




ij lower case (upper case IJ)

  1. A ligature, alternative spelling of the digraph ij.

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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 I

Íí Ìì Ĭĭ Îî Ǐǐ Ïï Ḯḯ Ĩĩ Įį Īī Ỉỉ Ȉȉ Ȋȋ Ḭḭ Ɨɨ İi Iı ɪ IJij IJij

Variations of letter J

Ĵĵ Ɉɉ J̌ǰ ȷ ʝ ɟ ʄ IJij IJij LJLjlj LJLjlj NJNjnj NJNjnj

Letter combinations



  • IPA: /ɛi/, SAMPA: /Ei/ (ijs), /@/ (-lijk)


IJ ij

  1. A ligature in Dutch that is not officially part of the Dutch alphabet; however, it is capitalized as if it were one.

Usage notes

  • In typing, the combination of i and j is commonly used. In handwriting, it is mostly written as ÿ.
  • Being a single letter, ij has to be capitalized as IJ. For example: IJmuiden.
  • Dutch dictionaries sort ij as the combination of i and j, while Dutch phonebooks sort ij together with y.
  • In certain dialects, the sound ij has retained its original long /i:/ pronunciation. Compare wijf and wief.

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