Visit the forum if you have a language query!

א

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.
English Proverb
Jump to: navigation, search

Translingual

Hebrew letter א (, “alef”)

Etymology

Phoenician alefAramaic ĀlafAramaic alef

Modification of Aramaic א (ā, ē), Ālef), closely related to Syriac ܐ (), Ālap, Olaf) and Arabic  (ā ʾ), alif), ultimately from Phoenician 𐤀 (), alef).

Letter

א

  1. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

See also

Symbol

א

  1. (mathematics) a transfinite cardinal number

See also


Hebrew

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • (phoneme, usually) IPA: /ʔ/
  • (letter name) IPA: /alef/

Letter

א (Hebrew letter alef)

  1. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Usage notes

In Modern Israeli Hebrew, א (), alef) represents either a glottal stop (IPA: /ʔ/), or has no pronunciation besides that of the vowel attached to it. The pronunciation varies from group to group.

א (), alef)—along with the other gutteral letters, ע (ʿ), ayin), ר (r), resh), ה (h), he), and ח (), hḥêṯ)—cannot receive a dagesh (the dot in בּ (b), bet), which can appears in most other Hebrew letters), although there are rare examples where the Masoretes added a dagesh to it.

א (), alef) is sometimes used to denote a vowel (usually IPA: /a/) in words of Aramaic and Arabic origin, in foreign names, and in some other borrowed words.

Numeral

א (Gematria)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The numeral 1.

See also

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE