ISO basic Laitin alphabet
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg
Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn
Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu
Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
D'Nealian Cursive.svg
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Cursive script 'y' and capital 'Y' in the U.S. D'Nealian script style

Y (named wye[1] /ˈw/, plural wyes)[2] is the twinty-fift letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet (next tae last letter) an represents aither a vowel or a consonant in Inglis.


In Latin, Y wis named Y Graeca "Greek Y". This wis pronoonced as I Graeca "Greek I", syne the classical Greek soond /y/, seemilar tae modren German ü or French u, wis nae a native soond for Latin speakers, an the letter wis ineetially anly uised tae spell foreign wirds. In Romance leids, this history haes led tae the staundart modren name o the letter: Spainyie i griega, French i grec, etc. Alternatively, the oreeginal Greek name upsilon haes an aa been adaptit intae several modren leids sic as German.

Auld Inglis borraeed Latin Y tae write the native Auld Inglis soond /y/ (previously written wi the rune yr ). The name o the letter mey be relatit tae 'ui' (or 'vi') in various medieval leids; in Middlin Inglis it wis 'wi' /wiː/, which throu the Great Vowel Shift acame the Modren Inglis 'wy' /waɪ/.

Relatit letters an ither similar charactersEedit

Computin codesEedit

Character Y y
Encodins decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 89 U+0059 121 U+0079
UTF-8 89 59 121 79
Numeric chairacter reference Y Y y y
EBCDIC faimily 232 0 E8 168 0 A8
ASCII 1 89 0 59 121 0 79
1 An aa for encodings based on ASCII, includin the DOS, Windows, ISO-8859 an Macintosh faimilies o encodins.

Ither representationsEedit


  1. Also spelled wy.
  2. "Y", Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989); Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (1993); "wy", op. cit.

Freemit airtinsEedit

  •   Media relatit tae Y at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionar defineetion o Y at Wiktionary
  •   The dictionar defineetion o y at Wiktionary

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Letter Y with diacritics
Ýý Ỳỳ Ŷŷ Y̊ẙ Ÿÿ Ỹỹ Ẏẏ Ȳȳ Ỷỷ Ỵỵ Ɏɏ Ƴƴ ʏ