U+02D8 was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block Spacing Modifier Letters in the Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Modifier Symbol and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script.

The glyph is a Compat composition of the glyphs  ̆. It has a Ambiguous East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Other Neutral and is not mirrored. The glyph can, under circumstances, be confused with 3 other glyphs. In text U+02D8 behaves as Ambiguous regarding line breaks. It has type Other for sentence and Other for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

A breve (/briːv/, less often /brɛv/; French: [bʁɛv]; from the Latin brevis “short, brief”) is the diacritic mark ˘, shaped like the bottom half of a circle. As used in Ancient Greek, it is also called vrachy or brachy. It resembles the caron (the wedge or háček in Czech), but is rounded, while the caron has a sharp tip.

Compare caron:

  • Ǎ ǎ Ě ě Ǐ ǐ Ǒ ǒ Ǔ ǔ

with breve:

  • Ă ă Ĕ ĕ Ĭ ĭ Ŏ ŏ Ŭ ŭ


System Representation
UTF-8 CB 98
UTF-16 02 D8
UTF-32 00 00 02 D8
URL-Quoted %CB%98
HTML-Escape ˘
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ˘
HTML-Escape ˘
HTML-Escape ˘
digraph '(
LaTeX \textasciibreve
Encoding: EUC-KR (hex bytes) A2 A8
Encoding: ISO-8859-2 (hex bytes) A2
Encoding: ISO-8859-3 (hex bytes) A2
Encoding: MACINTOSH (hex bytes) F9
Encoding: WINDOWS-1250 (hex bytes) A2

Related Characters


  • ˇ
  • ˘
  • ꙾


Complete Record

Property Value
Age (age) 1.1
Unicode Name (na) BREVE
Unicode 1 Name (na1) SPACING BREVE
Block (blk) Modifier_Letters
General Category (gc) Modifier Symbol
Script (sc) Common
Bidirectional Category (bc) Other Neutral
Combining Class (ccc) Not Reordered
Decomposition Type (dt) Compat
Decomposition Mapping (dm)  ̆
Lowercase (Lower)
Simple Lowercase Mapping (slc) ˘
Lowercase Mapping (lc) ˘
Uppercase (Upper)
Simple Uppercase Mapping (suc) ˘
Uppercase Mapping (uc) ˘
Simple Titlecase Mapping (stc) ˘
Titlecase Mapping (tc) ˘
Case Folding (cf) ˘
ASCII Hex Digit (AHex)
Alphabetic (Alpha)
Bidi Control (Bidi_C)
Bidi Mirrored (Bidi_M)
Bidi Paired Bracket (bpb) ˘
Bidi Paired Bracket Type (bpt) None
Cased (Cased)
Composition Exclusion (CE)
Case Ignorable (CI)
Full Composition Exclusion (Comp_Ex)
Changes When Casefolded (CWCF)
Changes When Casemapped (CWCM)
Changes When NFKC Casefolded (CWKCF)
Changes When Lowercased (CWL)
Changes When Titlecased (CWT)
Changes When Uppercased (CWU)
Dash (Dash)
Deprecated (Dep)
Default Ignorable Code Point (DI)
Diacritic (Dia)
East Asian Width (ea) Ambiguous
Extender (Ext)
FC NFKC Closure (FC_NFKC) ˘
Grapheme Cluster Break (GCB) Any
Grapheme Base (Gr_Base)
Grapheme Extend (Gr_Ext)
Hex Digit (Hex)
Hangul Syllable Type (hst) Not Applicable
Hyphen (Hyphen)
ID Continue (IDC)
Ideographic (Ideo)
ID Start (IDS)
IDS Binary Operator (IDSB)
IDS Trinary Operator and (IDST)
Indic Positional Category (InPC) NA
Indic Syllabic Category (InSC) Other
ISO 10646 Comment (isc)
Joining Group (jg) No_Joining_Group
Join Control (Join_C)
Jamo Short Name (JSN)
Joining Type (jt) Non Joining
Line Break (lb) Ambiguous
Logical Order Exception (LOE)
Math (Math)
Noncharacter Code Point (NChar)
NFC Quick Check (NFC_QC) Yes
NFD Quick Check (NFD_QC) Yes
NFKC Casefold (NFKC_CF)  ̆
NFKC Quick Check (NFKC_QC) No
NFKD Quick Check (NFKD_QC) No
Numeric Type (nt) None
Numeric Value (nv) NaN
Other Alphabetic (OAlpha)
Other Default Ignorable Code Point (ODI)
Other Grapheme Extend (OGr_Ext)
Other ID Continue (OIDC)
Other ID Start (OIDS)
Other Lowercase (OLower)
Other Math (OMath)
Other Uppercase (OUpper)
Pattern Syntax (Pat_Syn)
Pattern White Space (Pat_WS)
Quotation Mark (QMark)
Radical (Radical)
Sentence Break (SB) Other
Simple Case Folding (scf) ˘
Script Extension (scx) Common
Soft Dotted (SD)
STerm (STerm)
Terminal Punctuation (Term)
Unified Ideograph (UIdeo)
Variation Selector (VS)
Word Break (WB) Other
White Space (WSpace)
XID Continue (XIDC)
XID Start (XIDS)
Expands On NFC (XO_NFC)
Expands On NFD (XO_NFD)
Expands On NFKC (XO_NFKC)
Expands On NFKD (XO_NFKD)