ا

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Character  ا 
Unicode name ARABIC LETTER ALEF
Unicode block Arabic
Codepoint U+0627
See also: أ, ا-, and اً

Arabic[edit]

Letter[edit]

ا / ‍ا (’álif)

1 ﺍ 'álif.svg
  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 الف (al-f) (’álif) and, without the hamza, is used to lengthen a preceding vowel, often a. It is followed by ب (b).

Number[edit]

ا (A)

  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).

Pronunciation[edit]

After fatha: ـَاIPA(key): /aː/

Combined with fatha: اَIPA(key): /a/

Combined with kasra: اِIPA(key): /i/

Combined with damma: اُIPA(key): /u/

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]


Pashto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Letter[edit]

ا (alif)

  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]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (medial/final)
Written forms
ا ‍ا
Isolate/
Initial
Medial/
Final

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Phoneme: IPA(key): /ɒː/, /æ/, /e/, /o/
  • Letter name: IPA(key): [ɒːlef]
  • (file)
Persian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia fa

Letter[edit]

ا (â, a, e, o)

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

See also[edit]

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ا (a)

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