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א U+05D0, א
HEBREW LETTER ALEF
[unassigned: U+05C8–U+05CF]
◌ׇ
[U+05C7]
Hebrew ב
[U+05D1]
U+FB21, ﬡ
HEBREW LETTER WIDE ALEF

[U+FB20]
Alphabetic Presentation Forms
[U+FB22]

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TranslingualEdit

EtymologyEdit

   

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

LetterEdit

א

  1. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

SymbolEdit

א

  1. (mathematics) (a transfinite cardinal number)

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HebrewEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

LetterEdit

א (') (Hebrew letter alef or aleph)

  1. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. The numeral 1 in Hebrew numbering.

Usage notesEdit

  • In Modern Israeli Hebrew, א(, alef) represents either a glottal stop (/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 guttural 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 appear 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 /a/) in words of Aramaic and Arabic origin, in foreign names, and in some other borrowed words.

Derived termsEdit

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YiddishEdit

LetterEdit

א (a)

  1. The first letter in the Yiddish alphabet.

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