Definition of hamza in English:

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hamza

Pronunciation: /ˈhamzə/

noun

1(In Arabic script) a symbol representing a glottal stop.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Arabic, literally 'compression'.

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