alif

[ ah-lif ]
/ ˈɑ lɪf /

noun

the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.
the glottal stop consonant represented by this letter.

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Origin of alif

From Arabic; see origin at aleph
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Example sentences from the Web for 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.

    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