[ hahm-zah ]
/ ˈhɑm zɑ /


the sign used in Arabic writing to represent the glottal stop, usually written above another letter and shown in English transliterations as an apostrophe.


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Origin of hamza

First recorded in 1935–40, hamza is from the Arabic word ḥamzah literally, a squeezing together
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British Dictionary definitions for hamza



/ (ˈhɑːmzɑː, -zə) /


the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop

Word Origin for hamza

from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression
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