See also: [U+2135 ALEF SYMBOL] and Appendix:Variations of "a"

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TranslingualEdit

Hebrew letter Alef.svg
Unicode name HEBREW LETTER ALEF
Unicode block Hebrew
Codepoint U+05D0

EtymologyEdit

Phoenician alefAramaic ĀlafAramaic alef

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.

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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 ‎(transliteration needed) ‎(Hebrew letter alef or aleph)

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

Derived termsEdit

  1. מ-א' ועד ת' ‎(miálef ve'ád tav)(from A to Z)
  2. א"א ‎(álef álef)
  3. סוג א' ‎(sug álef)(high class)
  4. יום א' ‎(yom álef)(sunday)
  5. אינו יודע צורת א' ‎(einó yodéa' tzurát álef)(illiterate)
  6. לא ב-א' רבתי ‎(lo beálef rabbatí)(No with a capital N)
  7. אלפבית ‎(álef beit)(alphabet)
  8. א' אפס ‎(álef éfes)(aleph null)

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.

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