- the sign used in Arabic writing to represent the glottal stop, usually written above another letter and shown in English transliterations as an apostrophe.
Origin of hamza
First recorded in 1935–40, hamza is from the Arabic word ḥamzah literally, a squeezing together
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Examples from the Web for hamza
In among the gay bars and risqué bookshops, Hamza started working on the fringes of the sex industry.
Despite the legal impediment, Hamza convinced Traverso to marry him.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, and Hamza al-Ghamdi stayed with him, along with a handful of Saudi guards.Meet al Qaeda’s New General Manager: Nasser al-Wuhayshi
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These clerics led by Hamza—which means “steadfast” in Arabic—approached us warily, slowly.Iraq War, 10th Anniversary: The Last Grand Mufti
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“Today we are colonized, and you are colonized,” Hamza says.What is Ansar al-Sharia?
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She sat down on the divan, and almost immediately Hamza came in.
She pointed to the small paper packets, which Hamza had not yet carried off.
Hamza accepted it, with a soft salute, and hid it somewhere in his robe.
Hamza would not recognize the East that was in Isaacson, or perhaps he felt the Jew.
He came a little nearer to Hamza, stood by the rail, and offered him a cigarette.
- the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression
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