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aleph Syllabification: a·leph
Pronunciation: /ˈälif/ /ˈälef/

Definition of aleph in English:


The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Example sentences
  • Lamentations 3 is an acrostic on the Hebrew alphabet, each letter given three lines: three alephs, three beths, three gimmels, and so on.
  • So God compensates him by making the aleph the first letter of the word for God.
  • In another classic instance of more-is-less, Prior, who was jolted by a sudden vision of a neon aleph in Part I, is now shown the better part of the Hebrew alphabet.


Middle English: from Hebrew ῾ālep̱, literally 'ox' (the character in Phoenician and ancient Hebrew possibly being derived from a hieroglyph of an ox's head).

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