א

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Hebrew letter alef freefonts.svg
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]

Translingual[edit]

Hebrew letter Alef.svg

Etymology[edit]

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).

Letter[edit]

א

  1. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Symbol[edit]

א

  1. (mathematics) (a transfinite cardinal number)

See also[edit]

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Hebrew[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Letter[edit]

א (transliteration needed) (Hebrew letter alef or aleph)

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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 terms[edit]

  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)

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Yiddish[edit]

Letter[edit]

  1. The first letter in the Yiddish alphabet.

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