The accentual mark placed over n, and sometimes over l, in Spanish words [thus, ñ, l], indicating that, in pronunciation, the sound of the following vowel is to be preceded by that of the initial, or consonantal, y.
the diacritic mark (~) placed above an n in some orthographies to indicate a palatalized sound, as in Spanish ca–on. the same mark placed above a vowel in phonetic transcription to indicate that the vowel is nasalized.
a diacritical mark (~) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate a palatal nasal sound or over a vowel in Portuguese to indicate nasalization
an accent mark placed over a letter, for instance in the spanish senor to signify pronunciation of the 'n' as 'ny'
"an accent mark in the form of a wavy line (~) as used over letters in Spanish and Portuguese", often used in web addresses. (3)
output: The little squiggly accent you see over the letter n in some Spanish words. Obtained on the Mac by typing Option-N and then immediately typing a plain n. This is how many diacritical marks and accents are typed on the Mac.
The tilde (~) is a grapheme with several uses. The name of the character comes from Spanish, from the Latin titulus meaning a title or superscription, and is pronounced , in English, or , in Spanish. It was originally written over a letter as a mark of abbreviation (see below), but has since acquired a number of other uses as a diacritic mark or a character in its own right.