See also: أ [U+0623 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA ABOVE], ٵ [U+0675 ARABIC LETTER HIGH HAMZA ALEF], اً, ٱ [U+0671 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WASLA], آ [U+0622 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH MADDA ABOVE], إ [U+0625 ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA BELOW], and ا-

ا U+0627, ا
ARABIC LETTER ALEF
ئ
[U+0626]
Arabic ب
[U+0628]
U+FE8D, ﺍ
ARABIC LETTER ALEF ISOLATED FORM

[U+FE8C]
Arabic Presentation Forms-B
[U+FE8E]
U+FE8E, ﺎ
ARABIC LETTER ALEF FINAL FORM

[U+FE8D]
Arabic Presentation Forms-B
[U+FE8F]

Arabic edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ʔa.lif/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ʔ/

Letter edit

ا / ‍ا (ʔalif)

 
  1. Although usually considered to be the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, the small hamza (ء (ʔ)) that sits on top of أ (ʔ) is really the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and the tall column is its bearer. This entry only deals with the lower part, the bearer, which is called أَلِف (ʔalif) and, without the hamza, is used to lengthen a preceding a.

Descendants edit

  • N'Ko: ߊ

Symbol edit

ا (ʔalif)

  1. The first letter in traditional abjad order, which is used in place of numerals for list numbering (abjad numerals). It is followed by ب (b).
Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

Pronunciation edit

After fatha: ـَاIPA(key): /aː/

Combined with fatha: اَIPA(key): /ʔa/

Combined with kasra: اِIPA(key): /ʔi/

Combined with damma: اُIPA(key): /ʔu/

See also edit

Balti edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɑ/, /ə/, /e/, /o/

Letter edit

ا (transliteration needed)

  1. The first letter of the Balti alphabet, written in the Perso-Arabic script

Burushaski edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

ا (aa)

  1. The first letter of the Burushaski alphabet, written in the Perso-Arabic script

Etymology 2 edit

Pronunciation edit

Pronoun edit

اُ (u)

  1. they; third-person plural pronoun

References edit

  • Bechtholdt, Astrid (2024) “u”, in Burushaski Hunza Dictionary (Webonary) (in Burushaski), Dallas, Texas, USA: SIL International, published 2017:(in Latin script).

Chinese edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /a/, [ɑ]

Letter edit

ا

  1. The first letter of the Xiao'erjing abjad.

Gujarati edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name) IPA(key): /ɑlif/
  • (phoneme) IPA(key): /ɑ/, /ʔ/

Letter edit

ا (alif)

  1. The first letter of the Gujarati abjad

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب

Kashmiri edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /əlif/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /a/, /aː/

Letter edit

ا (a,ā)

  1. The first letter of the traditional alphabet chart of Kashmiri.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب (b)

Kazakh edit

Alternative scripts
Arabic ا
Cyrillic А, а/Ә, ә
Latin A, a/Ä, ä
Yañalif A, a/Ə, ə

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /æˈlip/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ɑ/ (back)
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /æ/ (front)

Letter edit

ا (a, ä)

  1. The first letter of the Kazakh in Arabic Script. It represents the Cyrillic letter А or Ә.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

Usage notes edit

Represents the back-vowel sound /ɑ/, unless a small ء is placed at the beginning of the word. In Kazakh, the Hamza marks that all vowels in the following word are fronted. If ا is the initial letter of a word and is representing a front vowel, it is combined with the hamza and the variant ٵ is used.

See also edit

Khowar edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

ا (ālif)

  1. The first letter of the Khowar abjad.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

  • Next letter: آ

Kyrgyz edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

ا (alif)

  1. The first letter of the Kyrgyz in Arabic Script. It represents the Cyrillic letter А

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

Malay edit

 
Malay Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia ms

Pronunciation edit

  • (Name of letter) IPA(key): [alef]
  • (Phoneme) IPA(key): [ä], [ɐ], [ə]

Letter edit

ا / ‍ا

  1. The first letter of the Malay alphabet, written in the Arabic script.

See also edit

North Levantine Arabic edit

Suffix edit

ـا (-a, -wa, -yaf

  1. Alternative spelling of ـها when it is not pronounced as “-ha”

Pashto edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /aˈlif/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ɑ/, /ʔ/

Letter edit

ا (alíf)

  1. The first letter of the Pashto alphabet.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

Usage notes edit

  • At the start of the word, the letter ا (alif) represents the consonant /ʔ/.
  • In the middle or end of a word, ا represents the vowel /ɑ/.

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب

Persian edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit

 
Persian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia fa

Letter edit

ـا or ا (â or )

  1. The first letter of the Perso-Arabic alphabet. Its name is اَلِف (alef).

Usage notes edit

All word-initial vowels are proceeded by a glottal stop which is represented by an ا. However in medial and final positions it is not a glottal stop and instead represents the phoneme /ɑː/~/ɒː/. If a word-initial ا is representing the sound [ʔɑː]~[ʔɒː] it's usually written as آ.

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب

Etymology 2 edit

From Arabic ـًا (-an, triptotic indefinite accusative ending).

Suffix edit

ـاً (-an)

  1. Used to form adverbs from nouns or adjectives.
Usage notes edit
  • This suffix mostly occurs with Arabic loanwords, but it is used somewhat peculiarly in Persian. Firstly, it also written out after words which, in Arabic, end in the feminine suffix ـَة (-a), e.g. نسبتاً (nesbatan, relatively). More importantly, it may at times occur with native Persian words and with Arabic words in which the ending would be ungrammatical, e.g. ناچاراً (nâčâran, inevitably), زوراً (zuran, forcefully), زباناً (zabânan, orally, verbally), اقلاً (aqallan, at least), اکثراً (aksaran, mostly).
Derived terms edit

Etymology 3 edit

Pronunciation edit

Preposition edit

ا (a)

  1. (dialectal, Hamadan, Harat) from, since

Etymology 4 edit

Pronunciation edit

Suffix edit

ـا ()

  1. an adjective forming suffix
  2. a noun forming suffix
See also edit

Etymology 5 edit

Alternative forms edit

  • یا (-yâ) (following a vowel)

Pronunciation edit

Suffix edit

ـا ()

  1. (chiefly literary) a vocative suffix
    خداونداxodâvandâO Lord!

Punjabi edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /əlif/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ə/, /ɑː/, /äː/, /∅/

Letter edit

ا (transliteration needed)

  1. The first letter of the Punjabi written in the Shahmukhi script.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

Rajasthani edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

ا (ảlif)

  1. The first letter of the Rajasthani abjad.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب

Urdu edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

ا (ālif)

  1. The first letter of the Urdu abjad.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب (b)

Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from Sanskrit अ- (a-).

Alternative forms edit

Prefix edit

اـ (a-) (Hindi spelling अ-)

  1. A negating prefix. non-, un-, a-, an-, etc.
    Synonyms: غَیرـ (ġair-), ناـ (nā-)
Usage notes edit

This form is used before words that begin with consonants.

Derived terms edit
Category Urdu terms prefixed with ا not found

Yoruba edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit

ا (a)

  1. The first letter of the Yorùbá alphabet in the Ajami Script.

Forms edit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See also edit

  • Next letter: ب