See also: أ‎, اً‎, ٱ‎, آ‎, إ, and ا-
Arabic Alif.gif
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]

ArabicEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

LetterEdit

ا / ‍ا (ʾalif)

  1. Although usually considered to be the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, the small hamza (ء(ʾ)) that sits on top of أ(ʾ) 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(ʾalif) and, without the hamza, is used to lengthen a preceding a.

SymbolEdit

ا (ʾalif)

  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

PronunciationEdit

After fatha: ـَاIPA(key): /aː/

Combined with fatha: اَIPA(key): /ʔa/

Combined with kasra: اِIPA(key): /ʔi/

Combined with damma: اُIPA(key): /ʔu/

See alsoEdit


KazakhEdit

Cyrillic А, а/Ә, ә (A, a/Ä, ä)
Arabic ا

PronunciationEdit

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

LetterEdit

ا (transliteration needed)

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

FormsEdit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See alsoEdit

  • ٵ
  • Next letter: ب

KhowarEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

ا (ālif)

  1. The first letter of the Khowar abjad.

FormsEdit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See alsoEdit

  • Next letter: آ

KyrgyzEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

ا (alif)

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

FormsEdit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See alsoEdit


MalayEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

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

LetterEdit

ا / ‍ا

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

See alsoEdit


PashtoEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

LetterEdit

ا (alif)

  1. The first letter of the Pashto alphabet.

FormsEdit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

Usage notesEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit

  • Next letter: ب

PersianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

  • Phoneme: IPA(key): /ɒː/, /æ/, /e/, /o/
  • Letter name: IPA(key): [ælef]
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LetterEdit

ا (â, a, e, o)

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

See alsoEdit

  • Next letter: ب
  • آ‎ (alef madde)
  • اً‎ (tanvin)

Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

ا (a)

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

Etymology 3Edit

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

ا ()

  1. an adjective forming suffix
  2. a noun forming suffix
See alsoEdit

Etymology 4Edit

Alternative formsEdit

  • یا(-yâ) (following a vowel)

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

ا ()

  1. (chiefly literary) a vocative suffix
    خداوندا‎ ― xodâvandâO Lord!

RajasthaniEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

ا (ảlif)

  1. The first letter of the Rajasthani abjad.

FormsEdit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See alsoEdit

  • Next letter: ب

UrduEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ɑː.lɪf/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ə/, /ɑː/, /ʔ/

LetterEdit

ا (ālif)

  1. The first letter of the Urdu abjad.

FormsEdit

Isolated form Final form
ا ـا

See alsoEdit

  • Next letter: ب

Etymology 2Edit

From Sanskrit.

Alternative formsEdit

  • انـ(an-) (before vowels)

PrefixEdit

اـ (a-) (Hindi spelling अ-‎)

  1. A negating prefix. non-, un-, a-, an-, etc.

Usage notesEdit

This form is used before words that begin with consonants