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hamza

[hahm-zah]
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noun
  1. 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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  • She sat down on the divan, and almost immediately Hamza came in.

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  • She pointed to the small paper packets, which Hamza had not yet carried off.

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  • Hamza accepted it, with a soft salute, and hid it somewhere in his robe.

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  • Hamza would not recognize the East that was in Isaacson, or perhaps he felt the Jew.

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  • He came a little nearer to Hamza, stood by the rail, and offered him a cigarette.

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British Dictionary definitions for hamza

hamza

hamzah

noun
  1. the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
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Word Origin

from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression
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