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Basic 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
L is the twelfth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet. Its name in English (pronounced /ˈɛl/) is spelled el or occasionally ell.[1]



The letter L is derived from the Egyptian crook or goad which stood for /l/. This originally may have been based on an Egyptian hieroglyph that was adapted by Semites for alphabetic purposes. The Greek letter Lambda Λ (upper case) or λ (lower case), as well as the equivalent Etruscan and Latin letters, represent the same sound as the Semitic letter.
Egyptian hieroglyph Proto-Semitic Lamd Phoenician
Etruscan L Greek
Proto-semiticL-01.png PhoenicianL-01.png EtruscanL-01.png Lambda uc lc.svg


In English, L can have several values, depending on whether it occurs before or after a vowel. The alveolar lateral approximant (the sound which the IPA uses the lowercase [l] to represent) occurs before a vowel, as in lip or please, while the velarized alveolar lateral approximant (IPA [ɫ]) occurs in bell and milk (see Dark L). This velarization does not occur in many European languages that use L; it is also a factor making the pronunciation of L difficult for users of languages that either lack, or have different values, for L^, such as Japanese or some southern dialects of Chinese.
L can occur before almost any plosive, fricative, or affricate in English. Common digraphs include LL, which has a value identical to L in English, but has the separate value voiceless alveolar lateral fricative (IPA /ɬ/) in Welsh, where it can appear in an initial position.
A palatal lateral approximant or palatal L (IPA /ʎ/) occurs in many languages, and is represented by GL in Italian, LL in Spanish and Catalan, LH in Portuguese, and Ļ in Latvian.
In English writing, L is often silent in such words as walk or could (its presence modifies other letters' sounds, i.e. 'wak' might be more likely to be pronounced such that it would rhyme with 'back').

Codes for computing

Alternative representations of L
NATO phonetic Morse code
Lima ·–··
ICS Lima.svg Semaphore Lima.svg ⠇
Signal flag Flag semaphore Braille
In Unicode the capital L is codepoint U+004C and the lowercase l is U+006C. In some fonts, a lowercase l may be difficult to distinguish from a 1 (one) or an uppercase letter I (i). A more stylized version based on the handwritten ℓ is sometimes used - this is often used as a suffix on a number to represent litres. Its codepoint is U+2113 and its numeric character reference is "ℓ". Capital I (i) can also be hard to distinguish from a lowercase l (L), as many fonts use a vertical bar for both of these characters. In recent times, many new fonts have curved the lower-case form to the right and is increasingly common, especially on European road signs and advertisements.
The ASCII code for capital L is 76 and for lowercase l is 108; or in binary 01001100 and 01101100.
The EBCDIC code for capital L is 211 and for lowercase l is 147.
The numeric character references in HTML and XML are "L" and "l" for upper and lower case respectively.

See also


  1. ^ "L" Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989) Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged. (1993); "el", "ells", op. cit.
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 L with diacritics


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

The Universal Character Set
Letter l.svg
Basic Latin U+006C



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l lower case (upper case L)

  1. The twelfth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.

See also


L or l

  1. Symbol for liter or litre


  1. A symbol of the IPA, representing a lateral alveolar approximant.
  2. The Roman numeral representing 50.

See also

  • ɮ (lezh)

Other representations of L:



(letter)IPA: /ɛl/

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(phoneme)IPA: /l/, /ɫ/



  1. The twelfth letter of the English alphabet.



  1. Latin Language
  2. Lira
  3. Low Pressure Front
  4. Left
  5. Lobby
  6. Liber


  1. litre, liter



  • (letter name): IPA: /ɛl/


l (lower case, upper case L)

  1. The twelfth letter of the Dutch alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: k
  • Next letter: m



l m. and f. inv.

  1. See under L




l (lowercase, capital L)

  1. The fifteenth letter of the Romanian alphabet representing the phoneme /l/. Preceded by k and followed by m.



  • (phoneme) IPA: /l/


l (lower case, upper case L)

  1. The 16th letter of the Serbian Latin alphabet.

See also

  • Previous letter: k
  • Next letter: lj



l (lower case, upper case L)

  1. The 13th letter of the Spanish alphabet.

Simple English

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

L is the twelfth (number 12) letter in the English alphabet.

Meanings for L

  • For clothing, L sometimes means "large size".
  • In Roman numerals, L means the number fifty.
  • The city of Chicago, Illinois has an elevated train called the "Chicago 'L'".
  • L is also the first letter that the famous Luke Bynt ever said
  • A character from the manga and anime Death Note.
  • In Wheel of Fortune, L is one of the six letters given to any contestant participating in the "Bonus Round."
  • L is the symbol for litre, a unit of volume.

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