Definition of hamza in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhamzə


  • 1(In Arabic script) a symbol representing a glottal stop.
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    • The sign hamza also represents a glottal stop and is transliterated in the same way.
    • Historically, qaf merged with the hamza (the glottal stop), except in some restricted domains mainly religious ones.
    • Ibrahim Jaafari in Arabic begins with an alif for Ibrahim, the first letter of the alphabet (alif supports the glottal stop, hamza, which can serve as a chair for any of the three vowels, the equivalents of a, i or u).
  • 1.1A glottal stop.
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    • Once again we see the the "q" becoming a glottal stop sound like "hamza."
    • I discovered that my students pronounce Latin "La'in," with a glottal stop as intense as any Cockney's, or as any Arabic hamza.


Arabic, literally 'compression'.

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