En (Н н; italics: Н н) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It commonly represents the alveolar nasal consonant /n/, like the pronunciation of ⟨n⟩ in "neat".
The Cyrillic letter En was derived from the Greek letter Nu (Ν ν).
The name of En in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was нашь (našĭ), meaning "ours".
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. Rather than from the Greek letter Eta, from which Latin H originated, the Cyrillic letter En ⟨Н⟩ was derived from the Greek letter Nu. By exception, the Romanian Cyrillic alphabet used N and ɴ, instead of Н and н. The confusion between the two characters forms part of the plot of the Agatha Christie novel Murder on the Orient Express.
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.
Related letters and other similar characters
- Ν ν : Greek letter Nu
- N n : Latin letter N
- Њ њ : Cyrillic letter Nje
- Η η : Greek letter Eta
- H h : Latin letter H
- ʜ : Latin letter small capital H
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER EF||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EN|
|UTF-8||208 157||D0 9D||208 189||D0 BD|
|Numeric character reference||Н
|Named character reference||Н||н|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||238||EE||206||CE|
|Code page 855||213||D5||212||D4|
|Code page 866||141||8D||173||AD|