ا

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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]

Arabic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Letter[edit]

ا / ‍ا (ʾalif)

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 أَلِف(ʾalif) and, without the hamza, is used to lengthen a preceding a.

Symbol[edit]

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

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]


Kazakh[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Letter[edit]

ا (transliteration needed)

  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

See also[edit]

  • ٵ
  • Next letter: ب

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:
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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]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

ا ()

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

Etymology 4[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • یا(-yâ) (following a vowel)

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

ا ()

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

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

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Sanskrit अ- (a-).

Alternative forms[edit]

  • انـ(an-) (before vowels)

Prefix[edit]

اـ (a-) (Hindi spelling अ-‎)

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

Usage notes[edit]

This form is used before words that begin with consonants