- the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.
- the glottal stop consonant represented by this letter.
Origin of alif
see origin at aleph
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for alif
Historical Examples of alif
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.
The Irish title of the letter a or haw is alif, as also is the Arabian: the Greek alpha is either alpa or alfa.