Nje (Њ њ; italics: Њ њ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It is a ligature of the Cyrillic letters En ⟨н⟩ and Soft Sign ⟨ь⟩. It was invented by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić for use in his 1818 dictionary, replacing the earlier digraph ⟨нь⟩. It corresponds to the digraph ⟨nj⟩ in Gaj's Latin alphabet for Serbo-Croatian.
It is today used in Macedonian, variants of Serbo-Croatian when written in Cyrillic (Bosnian, Montenegrin, and Serbian), and Itelmen, where it represents a palatal nasal /ɲ/, similar to the ⟨ny⟩ in "canyon" (cf. Polish ⟨ń⟩, Czech and Slovak ⟨ň⟩, Spanish ⟨ñ⟩).
Related letters and other similar characters
- Н н : Cyrillic letter En
- Ь ь : Cyrillic letter Soft sign
- Ñ ñ : Latin letter N with tilde
- Ń ń : Latin letter N with acute
- Ň ň : Latin letter N with caron
- Љ љ : Cyrillic letter Lje
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER NJE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER NJE|
|UTF-8||208 138||D0 8A||209 154||D1 9A|
|Numeric character reference||Њ||Њ||њ||њ|
|Code page 855||147||93||146||92|