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English Words (and Names) with Diacritics

Name these words in English, usually borrowed from another language, that sometimes are written with diacritics.
These diacritics are often dropped in everyday use.
The second group contains capitalized proper nouns.
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Diacritic
Definition
Answer
acute accent (´)
Greek iced coffee drink that can be similar to a milkshake
frappé
Savory or sweet baked egg-based dish
soufflé
A coffee shop or diner
café
To cook with a small amount oil or fat over high heat
sauté
Element so overused it has lost its effect or become irritating
cliché
Document that presents one's background and accomplishments
résumé
Overthrow of government (a "stroke of state")
coup d’état
A woman's family name at birth
née
grave accent (`)
Face-to-face (in comparison with)
vis-à-vis
acute / grave
The feeling that one has lived through the present situation before
déjà vu
diaeresis (¨)
Describes someone with a lack of experience or sophistication
naïve
umlaut (¨)
"Over" or "above"
über
Unit of measurement for exposure to radiation
röntgen
tilde (˜)
Decorated container, filled with candy, broken in a celebration
piñata
Medium-sized chile pepper of the species Capsicum annuum
jalapeño
circumflex (ˆ)
A manor house or fine country house of nobility
château
cedilla (¸)
The front part or exterior of a building
façade
 
 
 
Diacritic
Clue
Proper Noun
acute accent (´)
Like Knowles-Carter
Beyoncé
Like Zellweger
Renée
diaeresis (¨)
Another name for Christmas, or perhaps a given name
Noël
Female first name of Greek origin, meaning "life"
Zoë
Female name meaning "blooming" or "fertility" in Greek (e.g. Sevigny)
Chloë
Like Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
Brontë
umlaut (¨)
European city among the world's largest financial centres
Zürich
macron (¯)
Polynesian language spoken in New Zealand
Māori
circumflex (ˆ)
Country located on the south coast of West Africa
Côte d'Ivoire
caron (ˇ)
Czech automobile manufacturer, subsidiary of Volkswagen
Škoda
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Level 83
Dec 2, 2021
Are there any other diacritics you can find occasionally in English?