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Lje (? ?; italics: ? ?) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.

Lje represents a palatal lateral /?/, a sound similar (but not identical) to the palatalized alveolar lateral, which is in some languages represented by the digraph ? and pronounced /l?/ like the ⟨ll⟩ in "million".

Lje is a ligature of ??? and ???.[1] It was invented by Vuk Stefanovi? Karad?i? for use in Serbian Cyrillic in his 1818 Serbian Dictionary, replacing the earlier digraph ?.[1] It corresponds to the digraphLj⟩ in Gaj's Latin alphabet for Serbo-Croatian.[1]

It is today used in Macedonian, variants of Serbo-Croatian when written in Cyrillic (Bosnian, Montenegrin and Serbian), and Itelmen.

Related letters and other similar characters

Computing codes

Character Љ љ
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1033 U+0409 1113 U+0459
UTF-8 208 137 D0 89 209 153 D1 99
Numeric character reference Љ Љ љ љ
Code page 855 145 91 144 90
Windows-1251 138 8A 154 9A
ISO-8859-5 169 A9 249 F9
Macintosh Cyrillic 188 BC 189 BD


  1. ^ a b c Mareti?, Tomislav. Gramatika i stilistika hrvatskoga ili srpskoga knji?evnog jezika. 1899.

External links

  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary
  • Audio samples of the letter Lje

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