Dzhe

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Cyrillic letter Dzhe
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The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
А Б В Г Ґ Д Ђ
Ѓ Е Ѐ Ё Є Ж З
Ѕ И Ѝ І Ї Й Ј
К Л Љ М Н Њ О
П Р С Т Ћ Ќ У
Ў Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш
Щ Ъ Ы Ь Э Ю Я
Non-Slavic letters
Ӑ Ӓ Ә Ӛ Ӕ Ғ Ҕ
Ӻ Ӷ Ԁ Ԃ Ԫ Ԭ
Ӗ Ӂ Җ Ӝ Ԅ Ҙ Ӟ
Ԑ Ӡ Ԇ Ӣ Ҋ Ӥ Қ
Ӄ Ҡ Ҟ Ҝ Ԟ Ԛ Ӆ
Ԓ Ԡ Ԯ Ԉ Ԕ Ӎ Ӊ
Ң Ӈ Ҥ Ԣ Ԩ Ԋ Ӧ
Ө Ӫ Ҩ Ԥ Ҧ Ҏ Ԗ
Ҫ Ԍ Ҭ Ԏ Ӯ Ӱ Ӳ
Ү Ұ Ҳ Ӽ Ӿ Һ Ԧ
Ҵ Ҷ Ӵ Ӌ Ҹ Ҽ
Ҿ Ӹ Ҍ Ӭ Ԙ Ԝ Ӏ
Archaic letters
Ҁ Ѻ ОУ Ѡ Ѿ Ѣ
Ѥ Ѧ Ѫ Ѩ Ѭ Ѯ
Ѱ Ѳ Ѵ Ѷ

Dzhe (Џ џ; italics: Џ џ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script used in Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian to represent the voiced postalveolar affricate /dʒ/, like the pronunciation of j in “jump”. Sometimes, the name dzherv is used, following the pattern of traditional names such as cherv for Ч and djerv or gjerv for Ђ.

Dzhe corresponds in other Cyrillic alphabets to the digraphs дж or чж, or to the letters Che with descender (Ҷ ҷ), Che with vertical stroke (Ҹ ҹ), Khakassian Che (Ӌ ӌ), Zhe with breve (Ӂ ӂ), Zhe with diaeresis (Ӝ ӝ), or Zhje (Җ җ).

In the Latin version of Serbo-Croatian, it corresponds with the digraph which, like the digraphs lj and nj, is treated as a single letter, including in crosswords and other puzzles.

Abkhaz uses it to represent the voiced retroflex affricate /ɖʐ/. The ligature џь is used to represent the /dʒ/ sound.

History[edit]

The origin of the letter Dzhe is the 15th century Romanian Cyrillic alphabet. Serbian scribes began using it in the 17th century.[1] Vuk Karadžić included it in his Cyrillic script reform.

Related letters and other similar characters[edit]

Computing codes[edit]

Character Џ џ
Unicode name CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER DZHE CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER DZHE
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1039 U+040F 1119 U+045F
UTF-8 208 143 D0 8F 209 159 D1 9F
Numeric character reference Џ Џ џ џ
Code page 855 155 9B 154 9A
Windows-1251 143 8F 159 9F
ISO-8859-5 175 AF 255 FF
Macintosh Cyrillic 218 DA 219 DB

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petar Đorđić, "Istorija srpske ćirilice", Belgrade 1970, p. 203

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of Џ at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of џ at Wiktionary