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alif

[ah-lif]
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noun
  1. the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.
  2. the glottal stop consonant represented by this letter.

Origin of alif

From Arabic; see origin at aleph
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Examples from the Web for alif

Historical Examples

  • The wheel turns ever, and no pleasure of ours but is built on the shifting sand of some one's pain, even as Alif told me.

    Margarita's Soul

    Ingraham Lovell

  • The Irish title of the letter a or haw is alif, as also is the Arabian: the Greek alpha is either alpa or alfa.

    Archaic England

    Harold Bayley