Že, or žayn/žāy (ژ), is a letter in the Perso-Arabic alphabet, based on zayn (ز) with two additional diacritic dots. It is found with this value in other Arabic-derived scripts. It is used in Persian, Pashto, Kurdish, other Iranian languages, Uyghur, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani and Urdu, but not in Arabic. However, it might be used in Arabic texts to represent other phonemes when writing words with sounds not in Arabic letters. It is used to represent the sound /ʒ/ or sometimes /zˤ/, just like the letter ẓāʼ (ظ). In modern Turkish alphabet J equals to ژ.
|Position in word:||Isolated||Final||Medial||Initial|
|Unicode name||ARABIC LETTER JEH|
|UTF-8||218 152||DA 98|
|Numeric character reference||ژ||ژ|
In other scripts
in English, the three letters ⟨sio⟩ and the letter ⟨s⟩ before ⟨u⟩ are used for this sound, as in the words "television" and "pleasure". In other languages using Latin script, the sound may be represented by ⟨g⟩, ⟨j⟩, ⟨zh⟩, ⟨ž⟩, or ⟨ż⟩.
In Devanagari the letter झ़ (letter jha with nukta or Dot) is used to represent the sound of že. such as झ़ in टेलिविझ़न and झ़ाला बारी.