ألف

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See also: الف‎, الق‎, ألق‎, إلق, and إلف

Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Phoenician 𐤀𐤋𐤐(ʾlp).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

أَلِف (ʾaliff (plural أَلِفَات(ʾalifāt))

  1. Name of the first letter of the Arabic alphabet (ا / ‍ا‎).
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʾalp-.

Numeral[edit]

Arabic numbers (edit)
١٬٠٠٠
1,000
100[a], [b]
    Cardinal: أَلْف (ʾalf)

أَلْف (ʾalfm (dual أَلْفَانِ(ʾalfāni), plural آلَاف(ʾālāf) or أُلُوف(ʾulūf))

  1. thousand
    أَلْفُ لَيْلَةٍ وَلَيْلَةٌ (ʾalfu laylatin walaylatun) — One thousand and one nights (lit. "a thousand nights and a night")
Declension[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Maltese: elf
  • Moroccan Arabic: ألف(ʔalf)
Usage notes[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʔalip- (to be familiar with). From the root ء ل ف(ʾ-l-f).

Verb[edit]

أَلِفَ (ʾalifa) I, non-past يَأْلَفُ‎‎ (yaʾlafu)

  1. to be or become familiar with, to become accustomed, to share the yoke, to be or become amicable or tame
Conjugation[edit]

Noun[edit]

أَلْف (ʾalfm

  1. verbal noun of أَلِف (ʾalif) (form I)
Declension[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʔallip- (to tame, to domesticate; to familiarize, to instruct; to unite, to join). From the root ء ل ف(ʾ-l-f).

Verb[edit]

أَلَّفَ (ʾallafa) II, non-past يُؤَلِّفُ‎‎ (yuʾallifu)

  1. to unite, join, combine, put together
  2. to unite with the rest of the subjugated animals of man, to make familiar, to accustom, to tame
  3. to compile, compose, be the author of (a book)
Conjugation[edit]

Etymology 5[edit]

Verb[edit]

أُلْفِ (ʾulfi) (form IV)

  1. first-person singular non-past active jussive of أَلْفَى(ʾalfā)

Verb[edit]

أُلْفَ (ʾulfa) (form IV)

  1. first-person singular non-past passive jussive of أَلْفَى(ʾalfā)

Verb[edit]

أَلْفِ (ʾalfi) (form IV)

  1. second-person masculine singular active imperative of أَلْفَى(ʾalfā)

Egyptian Arabic[edit]

Numeral[edit]

ألف (ʾalfm (plural آلاف‎)

  1. thousand

Moroccan Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Moroccan Arabic numbers (edit)
10000
1,000
100
    Cardinal: ألف

From Arabic أَلْف(ʾalf).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʔalf/
  • (file)

Numeral[edit]

ألف (ʔalfm (dual ألفَيْن(ʔalfayn) or ألفِين(ʔalfīn), plural آلاف(ʔālāf))

  1. thousand

South Levantine Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

South Levantine Arabic numbers (edit)
10000
١٬٠٠٠
1,000
100
    Cardinal: ألف

From Arabic أَلْف(ʾalf).

Numeral[edit]

ألف (ʾalfm (dual ألفين(ʾalfēn), plural آلاف(ʾālāf) or ألوف(ʾulūf))

  1. thousand