[ 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.

Origin of hamza

First recorded in 1935–40, hamza is from the Arabic word ḥamzah literally, a squeezing together
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/ (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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