ساعة

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See also: ساعتand سائەت

Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

According to Nöldeke, Arabic سَاعَة(sāʿa) and Ge'ez ሰዓት (säʿat), ሳዐት (saʿät) are borrowed from Aramaic שָׁעְתָא‎ / ܫܳܥܬܳܐ(šāʿəṯā). Leslau does not dispute this. Compare Hebrew שָׁעָה(šāʿā́) and Mehri سات‎.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /saː.ʕa/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

سَاعَة (sāʿaf (plural سَاعَات(sāʿāt) or سَاع(sāʿ))

  1. hour (unit of time)
  2. short time, a while
    • 609–632 C.E., Qur'an, 7:34:
      فَإِذَا جَاءَ أَجَلُهُمْ لَا يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلَا يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ
      faʾiḏā jāʾa ʾajaluhum lā yastaʾḵirūna sāʿatan walā yastaqdimūna
      There is a [preordained] time for every nation: when their time comes, they shall not defer it by a single hour nor shall they advance it.
  3. timepiece, clock, watch
  4. (with the definite article, Islam) judgement day
    • 609–632 C.E., Qur'an, 79:42:
      يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ السَّاعَةِ أَيَّانَ مُرْسَاهَا
      yasʾalūnaka ʿani s-sāʿati ʾayyāna mursāhā
      They ask you concerning the Hour, “When will it set in?"

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References[edit]

  • Leslau, Wolf (1991) Comparative Dictionary of Geʿez (Classical Ethiopic), 2nd edition, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, →ISBN, page 481
  • Nöldeke, Theodor (1910) Neue Beiträge zur semitischen Sprachwissenschaft[1] (in German), Straßburg: Karl J. Trübner, page 44

Egyptian Arabic[edit]

Noun[edit]

ساعة (sāʿaf

  1. hour
  2. watch

Moroccan Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic سَاعَة(sāʿa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ساعة (sāʕaf (dual ساعتين(saʕtayn), plural سوايع(swāyiʕ) or ساعات(sāʕāt))

  1. hour
  2. clock
  3. (in the plural) private lessons

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South Levantine Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic سَاعَة(sāʿa).

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /saː.ʕa/, [ˈsæː.ʕa], [ˈsaː.ʕa]

Noun[edit]

ساعة (sāʕaf (plural ساعات(sāʕāt))

  1. hour
    الساعة تنتين‎ ― is-sāʕa tintēnit's two o'clock (literally, “the hour [is] two”)
  2. clock, watch

Usage notes[edit]

  • When used to tell time, ساعة (sāʕa) is followed by a cardinal number in the feminine form.

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