[ ah-lif; Hebrew ah-lef ]
/ ˈɑ lɪf; Hebrew ˈɑ lɛf /


the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the glottal stop consonant or, alternatively, long vowel represented by this letter.

Nearby words

  1. alemán, mateo,
  2. alemán, miguel,
  3. alene,
  4. alençon,
  5. alençon lace,
  6. aleph-bet,
  7. aleph-null,
  8. alepoudelis, odysseus,
  9. aleppo,
  10. aleppo boil

Origin of aleph

1250–1300; Middle English < Hebrew āleph, akin to eleph ox Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aleph


/ (ˈɑːlɪf, Hebrew ˈaːlɛf) /


the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (א) articulated as a glottal stop and transliterated with a superior comma (`)

Word Origin for aleph

Hebrew: ox

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Word Origin and History for aleph



Hebrew and Phoenician letter, c.1300, from Semitic languages, pausal form of eleph "ox" (the character might have developed from a hieroglyph of an ox's head); also see alphabet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper