A

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LetterA.svg
A U+0041, A
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A
@
[U+0040]
Basic Latin B
[U+0042]
U+FF21, A
FULLWIDTH LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A

[U+FF20]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF22]

Translingual[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the Etruscan letter 𐌀 (a), from the Ancient Greek letter Α (A, alpha), derived from the Phoenician letter 𐤀(ʾ, aleph), from the Egyptian hieroglyph 𓃾.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a/ (most languages)

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
See also[edit]

Symbol[edit]

A

  1. Marks the first item in a list.
    A. Go to the store. B. Get some food. C. Return home. D. Eat.
  2. A hypothetical item or person designated the first, usually when there are more than one.
    Person A had 5 apples, and person B...
  3. Ten, especially used in bases above ten, such as duodecimal, hexadecimal, vigesimal and so on.
    Decimal 270 can be converted as duodecimal 1A6 or vigesimal DA.
    (computing) The variable was a byte with value A0, or 160 in decimal.
  4. A standard size of dry cell battery, slightly larger than AA.[1]
  5. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A system of paper sizes with similar proportions, as A0, A1, A2, etc.[2]
  6. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) An academic grade lower than A+ but greater than A-.
  7. (linguistics) A wildcard for an open vowel
  8. (finance) Long-term bond credit rating by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings, indicating that a bond is upper-medium grade with low risk of default.
  9. (clothing) Bra cup size.
See also[edit]
  • (previous) 9, (next) B
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

The abbreviation of a variety of terms.

Symbol[edit]

A

  1. (chemistry, obsolete) Symbol for the element Argon, changed after 1956 to Ar.
  2. (geometry) Area.
  3. (international standards) A category of vehicle licence under the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, referring to motorcycles.

Noun[edit]

A

  1. (physics, International System of Units) Ampere, a unit of electrical current.
  2. (genetics) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for adenine in genetic code.
  3. (biochemistry) IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for alanine in proteins.
  4. (music) Alto.

Proper noun[edit]

A

  1. (vehicle-distinguishing signs) Austria.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Other representations of A:

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christine A. Lindberg, editor (2002), “A”, in The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Spark Publishing, →ISBN, page 1.
  2. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “A”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 1.

English[edit]

Runic letter (a, ansuz), source for Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letters replaced by A

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English and Old English upper case letter A and split of Middle English and Old English upper case letter Æ.

  • The Old English letters A and Æ replaced the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc letters (a, āc) and (æ, æsc), derived from the Runic letter (a, Ansuz), in the 7th century.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (letter name)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
    The current pronunciation is a comparatively modern sound, and has taken the place of what, till about the early part of the 15th century, was similar to that in other languages.

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a, plural As or A's)

  1. The first letter of the English alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.
    Apple starts with A.
Derived terms[edit]

See A/derived terms § A.

Related terms[edit]
See also[edit]

Number[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The ordinal number first, derived from this letter of the English alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.
    Item A is "foods", item B is "drinks".

Etymology 2[edit]

  • (highest rank, grade, music): From the initial position of the letter A in the English alphabet.
  • (blood type): From A antigen

Symbol[edit]

A

  1. A rank, normally the highest rank, on any of various scales that assign letters.
    We assign each item inspected a rating from A through G, depending on various factors.
    In the UK, the highest social grade is Aupper middle class.
    The only standard brassiere cup size smaller than the A cup is the AA cup.
  2. (education) The highest letter grade assigned (disregarding plusses and minuses).
    I was so happy to get an A on that test.
  3. (music) A tone three fifths above C in the cycle of fifths; the sixth tone of the C major scale; the first note of the minor scale of A minor; the reference tone that occurs at exactly 440 Hz; the printed or written note A; the scale with A as its keynote.[1][2]
    Orchestras traditionally tune to a concert A.
  4. (medicine) A blood type that has a specific antigen that aggravates the immune response in people with type B antigen in their blood. People with this blood type may receive blood from type A or type O but cannot receive blood from AB or B.
    My blood type is A negative.
  5. (chemistry) Mass number.
  6. (logic) A universal affirmative suggestion.[1]
  7. (historical) Abbreviation of adulterer, adulteress, used as a human brand.
    • 1966 July 30, Ralph McGill, “Today's students aim for humanistic values”, in Latrobe Bulletin, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, page 6:
      Hester Prynne, the historical character in The Scarlet Letter, was exposed and convicted by neighborhood gossip. [...] Gossip continues to brand some young ladies in small towns with this symbolic letter, but in our larger cities one rarely sees young ladies branded with an "A".
  8. Allele dominant.
  9. (chiefly US) Alternative spelling of A.M. (ante meridiem) or AM
Derived terms[edit]

See A/derived terms § English.

Noun[edit]

A

  1. Ace. (including in card games)
  2. Acre.
  3. Adult; as used in film rating.
  4. Ammeter.
  5. (physics) Angstrom.
  6. Answer.
  7. (sports) An assist.
  8. (sexuality) Asexual.
  9. (UK, London) Arsehole.
  10. (weaponry) Atom.
    A-bomb
Synonyms[edit]
  • (physics, angstrom): Å
Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

A

  1. (weaponry) Atom; atomic.
Derived terms[edit]

See A/derived terms § English.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “A”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 1.
  2. ^ Christine A. Lindberg, editor (2002), “A”, in The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Spark Publishing, →ISBN, page 1.

Acehnese[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Acehnese alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

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Acheron[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Acheron alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Adzera[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Adzera alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Afar[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Afar alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Afrikaans alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Noun[edit]

A (plural A's, diminutive A'tjie)

  1. A

Albanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /a/, /ɑ/

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Albanian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Alekano[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Alekano alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Alemannic German[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Alemannic German alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Aleut[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Aleut alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Amaimon[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Amaimon alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Amarasi[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Amarasi alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ambrak[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ambrak alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Anal[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Anal alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Angami[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The third letter of the Angami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ankave[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ankave alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Anuki[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Anuki alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Araki[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Araki alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Aromanian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Aromanian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ashéninka Pajonal[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ashéninka Pajonal alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Assiniboine[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Assiniboine alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Atsahuaca[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Atsahuaca alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Auhelawa[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Auhelawa alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Avokaya[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Avokaya alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Awara[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Awara alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Azerbaijani[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Azerbaijani alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Balanta-Kentohe[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Balanta-Kentohe alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Barai[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Barai alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Bari[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Bari alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Basque[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Basque alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Bavarian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Bavarian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Beja[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Beja alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Bemba[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Bemba alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Blagar[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Blagar alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Blin[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Blin alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Brahui[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The thirty-second letter of the Brahui alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Breton[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Breton alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Busa[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Busa alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Catalan alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ch'orti'[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ch'orti' alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Chachi[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Chachi alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Chamorro[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The second letter of the Chamorro alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Chechen[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a, Cyrillic А)

  1. The first letter of the Chechen alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Cheyenne[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case)

  1. The first letter of the Cheyenne alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Chinese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the hotkey in many video games associated with the command "attack".

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

A

  1. (slang, neologism) to attack; to assault
  2. (slang, neologism) to pursue romantically

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Initialism of English available.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

A

  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese, slang) single, open to a relationship
Derived terms[edit]

See A/derived terms § Chinese.

Etymology 3[edit]

From the letter A of the English pattern playing cards. Various names exist for this symbol in the spoken language.

Mandarin jiān
From (jiān, “tip”), because the letter A has an upward tip.
Cantonese jin1
Clipping of 煙士 (jin1 si6-2), from English ace.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

A

  1. (card games) ace (Classifier: ; )

Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]


Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Latin alphabet.

Chiwere[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case)

  1. The first letter of the Chiwere alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Choctaw[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Choctaw alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Cofán[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Cofán alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Comanche[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Comanche alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Comox[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Comox alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Corsican[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Corsican alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Crimean Tatar[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Crimean Tatar alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Cypriot Arabic[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Cypriot Arabic alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Czech[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. A (the 1st letter in the Czech alphabet)

See also[edit]


Dagbani[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Dagbani alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Danish alphabet, written in the Latin script.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

A n (singular definite A'et, plural indefinite A'er)

  1. The first letter of the Danish alphabet, written in the Latin script.
Inflection[edit]

Dinka[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Dinka alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Domari[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The second letter of the Domari alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Dutch alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Duun[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Duun alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Further reading[edit]


Egyptian[edit]

Romanization[edit]

A

  1. Manuel de Codage transliteration of .

Elfdalian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Elfdalian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Esan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Esan alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Esperanto alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Estonian[edit]

Estonian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia et

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Estonian alphabet, called aa and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ewe[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ewe alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Faroese[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Faroese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Fe'fe'[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Fe'fe' alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Fijian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Fijian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Finnish[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Finnish alphabet, called aa and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Noun[edit]

A

  1. Abbreviation of approbatur.

Fon[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Fon alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the French alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Derived terms[edit]

See A/derived terms § French.

See also[edit]


Friulian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper, lower a)

  1. The first letter of the Friulian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Fula[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Fula alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes[edit]

See also[edit]


Ga[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ga alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Gagauz[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case A)

  1. The first letter of the Gagauz alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Galibi Carib[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Galibi Carib alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the German alphabet, written in the Latin script.
See also[edit]

Noun[edit]

A n (strong, genitive A or As, plural A or As)

  1. A
    Von A bis Z.From A to Z.
    Wer A sagt, muss auch B sagen.One who says A must also say B.
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

A

  1. Abbreviation of A-Dur.
  2. Abbreviation of Ampere.
  3. Abbreviation of Autobahn.
  4. Alternative form of Å (symbol for Ångström)

References[edit]


Gilbertese[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Gilbertese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Gimi (Goroka)[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Gimi (Goroka) alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Greenlandic[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Greenlandic alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Haida[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Haida alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Haitian Creole[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Haitian Creole alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Halkomelem[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The thirty-seventh letter of the Halkomelem alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Hausa[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Hausa alphabet, written in the Latin script. followed by B.

See also[edit]


Hawaiian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Hawaiian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (letter or phoneme itself): IPA(key): [ˈɒː][1]
  • (identifier or musical note): IPA(key): [ˈaː] (in the names of major scales; see also a)

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Hungarian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.


Derived terms[edit]

See A/derived terms § Hungarian.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siptár, Péter and Miklós Törkenczy. The Phonology of Hungarian. The Phonology of the World’s Languages. Oxford University Press, 2007. →ISBN, p. 280

Hunsrik[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Hunsrik alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Hupa[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Hupa alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Icelandic[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Icelandic alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Noun[edit]

A n

  1. Abbreviation of austur (east).

See also[edit]


Ido[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Ido alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Igbo[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Igbo alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Inari Sami[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Inari Sami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Indonesian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Indonesian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ingrian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ingrian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Interlingua[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Interlingua alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Inupiaq[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Inupiaq alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Irish[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Irish alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia it

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Italian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Jarai[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Jarai alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Juǀ'hoan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The ninety-sixth letter of the Juǀ'hoan alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kabyle[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Kabyle alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kaingang[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Kaingang alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kakabai[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Kakabai alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kalo Finnish Romani[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Kalo Finnish Romani alphabet, written in the Latin script.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kimmo Granqvist (2011), “Aakkoset [Alphabet]”, in Lyhyt Suomen romanikielen kielioppi [Consice grammar of Finnish Romani]‎[1] (in Finnish), Kotimaisten kielten keskus, →ISBN, ISSN 1796-041X, retrieved February 6, 2022, pages 1-2

Kanuri[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Kanuri alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Karakalpak[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Karakalpak alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Karelian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Karelian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kashaya[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Kashaya alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kashubian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Kashubian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kawésqar[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Kawésqar alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Khakas[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Khakas alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kikuyu[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Kikuyu alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kobon[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Kobon alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Krio[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Krio alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Kwak'wala[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Kwak'wala alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Lakota[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Lakota alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Latgalian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Latgalian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek Α (A, alpha), likely through Etruscan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. (sometimes with littera) The first letter of the Latin alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Usage notes[edit]

See also[edit]

Descendants[edit]

See A/derived terms § Latin.

References[edit]

  • A in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
and in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Latvian[edit]

Latvian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia lv

Etymology[edit]

Proposed in 1908 as part of the new Latvian spelling by the scientific commission headed by K. Mīlenbahs, which was accepted and began to be taught in schools in 1909. Prior to that, Latvian had been written in German Fraktur, and sporadically in Cyrillic.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Letter[edit]

A

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Latvian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Lingala[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Lingala alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Lithuanian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Lithuanian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Livonian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Livonian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Lou[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Lou alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Lower Sorbian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Lower Sorbian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Luxembourgish alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old High German ouga, from Proto-Germanic *augô, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ekʷ- (eye; to see). The phonetic development in Luxembourgish is regular: Old High German -ou- becomes -ā-; intervocalic -g- is lost; word-final short vowels are apocopated.

Noun[edit]

A n (plural Aen)

  1. eye
    Ech hunn eppes am A.
    I have something in my eye.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle High German ouwe, from Old High German ouwa, from Proto-Germanic *awjō. Cognate with German Aue, English eyot, Icelandic ey, Danish ø, Swedish ö.

Noun[edit]

A f (plural Aen)

  1. (only used in place names) floodplain, meadow

Malagasy[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Malagasy alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Malay[edit]

Malay Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia ms

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (name of letter) IPA(key): [e]
  • (phoneme) IPA(key): [ä]
  • (phoneme, open ultima) IPA(key): [ə], [ɐ]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Malay alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Maltese[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Maltese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Mampruli[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Mampruli alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Mankanya[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Mankanya alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Manx[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Manx alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Maori[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Maori alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Mapudungun[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Mapudungun alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Marba[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Marba alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Marshallese[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Marshallese alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Maskelynes[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Maskelynes alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Massachusett[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Massachusett alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Mayoyao Ifugao[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Mayoyao Ifugao alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Mecayapan Nahuatl[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Mecayapan Nahuatl alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Mohawk[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Mohawk alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Moore[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Moore alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Muinane[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Muinane alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Nauruan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Nauruan alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Navajo[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Navajo alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Nisga'a[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Nisga'a alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Noon[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Noon alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Nootka[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Nootka alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Northern Kurdish[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lowercase a)

  1. The first letter of the Northern Kurdish alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Northern Sami[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Phonetik.svg This entry needs pronunciation information. If you are familiar with the IPA then please add some!

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Northern Sami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nb
The letter A from the Norwegian alphabet.

Etymology[edit]

From Latin A, from Ancient Greek Α (A, alpha), likely through the Etruscan language, from Phoenician 𐤀(ʾ), from Proto-Canaanite Protoalef.svg, from Proto-Sinaitic Proto-semiticA-01.svg, from Egyptian 𓃾 representing the head of an ox.

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Norwegian Bokmål alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Noun[edit]

A m (definite singular A-en, indefinite plural A-er, definite plural A-ene)

  1. the letter A
  2. (horology) symbol for avance
  3. (physics) symbol for ampere
  4. (physics) symbol for massetall (“nucleon number”)

Anagrams[edit]


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Norwegian Nynorsk alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Noun[edit]

A m (definite singular A-en, indefinite plural A-ar, definite plural A-ane)

  1. letter A

Nuer[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Nuer alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Nupe[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /a/, (after /n/ or /m/)/ã/

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Nupe alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


O'odham[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the O'odham alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Occitan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lowercase a)

  1. The first letter of the Occitan alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Okanagan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Okanagan alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Paraguayan Guaraní[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Paraguayan Guaraní alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Plautdietsch[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Plautdietsch alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes[edit]

Plautdietsch has no standard orthography but this is by far the most widely used alphabet.

See also[edit]


Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Polish alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • A in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • A in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Portuguese alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Noun[edit]

A m (plural As)

  1. Alternative form of á

Q'eqchi[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Q'eqchi alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Rohingya[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Rohingya alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Romani[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Romani alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Romanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Romanian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ronga[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ronga alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Rotokas[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Rotokas alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Rotuman[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Rotuman alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Saafi-Saafi[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Saafi-Saafi alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Saanich[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Saanich alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Samoan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Samoan alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Samogitian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Samogitian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Sango[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Sango alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑː/, /ɔː/
  • (Northern, Insular) IPA(key): /aː/

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Scots alphabet, called aw and written in the Latin script.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English a, an unstressed form of I, itself a reduced form of ik, ic, from Old English ic, from Proto-West Germanic *ik, from Proto-Germanic *ek (I, pronoun), from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

A (first person singular, objective me, possessive ma, possessive pronoun mines, reflexive masel, emphatic I)

  1. I
    Synonyms: I, ik

See also[edit]

References[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Scottish Gaelic alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Serbo-Croatian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Serer[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Serer alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Seri[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Seri alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Shilluk[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Shilluk alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Shona[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Shona alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Silesian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Silesian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Skolt Sami[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Skolt Sami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Slovak[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Slovak alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • A in Slovak dictionaries at slovnik.juls.savba.sk

Slovene[edit]

Slovene Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia sl

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Slovene alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]


Somali[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /æ/, /ɑ/
  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ʔæ/

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Somali alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The twenty-third letter of the Somali alphabet, which follows Arabic abjad order. It is preceded by Y and followed by E.

See also[edit]


Southern Sami[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Southern Sami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Spanish alphabet, written in the Latin script.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of alfil.

Noun[edit]

A m (uncountable)

  1. (chess) bishop
    • 1997, Anatoly Karpov, EL AJEDREZ. Aprender y progresar, page 24:
      19. Ac4xd5, Ab7xd5
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 1998, Benito López Esnaola, Ajedrez a la ciega, page 87:
      Tae1, Ae6;
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 2006, Antonio Lopez Manzano, Joan Segura Vila, “Los Errores en la Apertura. Las celadas.”, in Iniciación al ajedrez, volume 59, page 79:
      Veamos un ejemplo: 1. e4, e5; 2. Cf3, Cc6; 3. Ac4, Cd4?
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Squamish[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Squamish alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (name a, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Swedish alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Symbol[edit]

A

  1. (SAB) books and libraries
    Meronyms: Aa, Ab, Ac, Ad, Ae, Af
  2. (zoning, dated) allmänt ändamål (public purpose); all operations with a public body as principal
    Holonym: detaljplan

Adjective[edit]

A

  1. indication of being of a higher rank, successful
    Antonym: B

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

A

  1. (2011–) the highest grade in the current grade system
    Coordinate terms: A, B, C, D, E
  2. (1897–1962) the highest grade in the older grade system
    Synonyms: stora A, berömligt
    Coordinate terms: A, a, AB, Ba, B, BC, B?, C
  3. (1820–1897) the highest grade in the oldest grade system
    Synonym: berömlig insikt
    Coordinate terms: A, B, C, D

Tagalog[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Tagalog alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tahitian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tahitian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tatar[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. the 1st letter of Jaꞑalif

See also[edit]


Tetum[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Tetum alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tigon Mbembe[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tigon Mbembe alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tlingit[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tlingit alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tongan[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tongan alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tonkawa[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tonkawa alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tuareg[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tuareg alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tundra Nenets[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tundra Nenets alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tunisian Arabic[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The second letter of the Tunisian Arabic alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Turkish[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Turkish alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Turkmen[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Turkmen alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Tyap[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Tyap alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Ubykh[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Ubykh alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Udihe[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Udihe alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Upper Sorbian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a, upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Upper Sorbian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Uzbek[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Uzbek alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Venda[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case A)

  1. The first letter of the Venda alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Veps[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Veps alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Vietnamese alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]

Interjection[edit]

A!

  1. hah!

Vilamovian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Vilamovian alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Volapük[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Volapük alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Võro[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Võro alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Votic[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Votic alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Wakhi[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Wakhi alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Walloon[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Walloon alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Welsh alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script. It is followed by B.

Mutation[edit]

  • A cannot be mutated but, being a vowel, does take h-prothesis, for example with the word afal (apple):
Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
afal unchanged unchanged hafal
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “A”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

West Frisian[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the West Frisian alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Winnebago[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Winnebago alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Xârâcùù[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Xârâcùù alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Xhosa[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Xhosa alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Yámana[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Yámana alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Yele[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The second letter of the Yele alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Yoruba[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Yoruba alphabet, called á and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Zarma[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Zarma alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Zazaki[edit]

Letter[edit]

A

  1. The first letter of the Zazaki alphabet, called a and written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]


Zulu[edit]

Letter[edit]

A (upper case, lower case a)

  1. The first letter of the Zulu alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also[edit]