En (Cyrillic)

History

The Cyrillic letter En was derived from the Greek letter Nu ν).

The name of En in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was нашь (našĭ), meaning "ours".

In the Cyrillic numeral system, En had a value of 50.

Form

The capital Cyrillic letter En looks exactly the same as the capital Latin letter H but, as with most Cyrillic letters, the lowercase form is simply a smaller version of the uppercase.

By exception, the Romanian Cyrillic alphabet used N and ɴ, instead of Н and н.

Coincidentally, the Cyrillic letter I И, which looks like a reversed Latin N, was derived from the Greek letter Eta Η while the Cyrillic letter En Н was derived from the Greek letter Nu Ν which looks like a reversed Cyrillic И.

Usage

As used in the alphabets of various languages, En represents the following sounds:

  • alveolar nasal consonant /n/, like the pronunciation of n in "nice"
  • dental nasal consonant /n̪/, as above but with the tip of the tongue on the teeth
  • palatalized alveolar nasal consonant /nʲ/, like the pronunciation of n in "onion"
  • palatalized dental nasal consonant /n̪ʲ/, as above but with the tip of the tongue on the teeth
  • palatal nasal consonant /ɲ/

The pronunciations shown in the table are the primary ones for each language; for details consult the articles on the languages.

LanguagePosition in
alphabet
Pronunciation
Belarusian15th/n̪/, /n̪ʲ/
Bulgarian14th/n/, /ɲ/
Macedonian17th/n/
Russian15th/n̪/, /n̪ʲ/
Serbian16th/n/
Ukrainian18th/n̪/, /nʲ/

Computing codes

CharacterНн
Unicode nameCYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ENCYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EN
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode1053U+041D1085U+043D
UTF-8208 157D0 9D208 189D0 BD
Numeric character referenceННнн
KOI8-R and KOI8-U238EE206CE
Code page 855213D5212D4
Code page 8661418D173AD
Windows-1251205CD237ED
ISO-8859-5189BD221DD
Macintosh Cyrillic1418D237ED
  • The dictionary definition of Н at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of н at Wiktionary
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