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Devanagari a.svg
U+0905, अ
DEVANAGARI LETTER A

[U+0904]
Devanagari
[U+0906]
See also: अं, अँ, अः, and अ-

Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Brahmi 𑀅 (a).

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

(a)

  1. The first letter and first vowel of the Devanagari script.

Usage notes[edit]

This letter only appears at the beginning of words or after another vowel, since the vowel it represents is always assumed to follow any consonant letter unless specifically noted otherwise with another vowel matra or with a virama.


Hindi[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

(a)

  1. The first vowel of Hindi, written in the Devanagari script. Inherent after consonants.
    कह
    kaha

See also[edit]


Sanskrit[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

(a)

  1. The first vowel of Sanskrit, written in the Devanagari script. Inherent after consonants.

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

(a)

  1. A vocative particle; o, oh
    अनन्तA AnantaO Vishnu!
  2. An interjection of pity; ah

References[edit]

  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 0001